Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 147,241,000 jobs in the US in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 153,918,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 228,000 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 57,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 147,241,000 +228,000 +2,071,000
CPS 153,918,000 +57,000 +1,870,000

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 in November 2017 is at a new high of 147,241,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 154,345,000 in September 2017. 427,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey. From a October 2017 low of 153,861,000, the US has added 57,000 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 147,241,000 228K 153,918,000 57K
October 2017 147,013,000 244K 153,861,000 -484K
September 2017 146,769,000 38K 154,345,000 906K
August 2017 146,731,000 208K 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