Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 146,659,000 jobs in the US in September 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 154,345,000 employed persons for the month. The US lost 33,000 jobs in September 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 906,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 146,659,000 -33,000 +1,777,000
CPS 154,345,000 +906,000 +2,419,000

Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly change in the US as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total US Employment

CES employment peaked for the US in August 2017 at 146,692,000. Since then 33,000 jobs have been lost according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in September 2017 is at a new high of 154,345,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2017

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2017 146,659,000 -33K 154,345,000 906K
August 2017 146,692,000 169K 153,439,000 -74K
July 2017 146,523,000 138K 153,513,000 345K
June 2017 146,385,000 210K 153,168,000 245K
May 2017 146,175,000 145K 152,923,000 -233K
April 2017 146,030,000 207K 153,156,000 156K
March 2017 145,823,000 50K 153,000,000 472K
February 2017 145,773,000 232K 152,528,000 447K
January 2017 145,541,000 216K 152,081,000 -30K
December 2016 145,325,000 155K 152,111,000 63K
November 2016 145,170,000 164K 152,048,000 146K
October 2016 145,006,000 124K 151,902,000 -24K