Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 145,128,000 jobs in the US in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 152,085,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 178,000 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 160,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 145,128,000 +178,000 +2,253,000
CPS 152,085,000 +160,000 +2,641,000

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 2016 is at a new high of 145,128,000.

CPS employment in November 2016 is at a new high of 152,085,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 145,128,000 178K 152,085,000 160K
October 2016 144,950,000 142K 151,925,000 -43K
September 2016 144,808,000 208K 151,968,000 354K
August 2016 144,600,000 176K 151,614,000 97K
July 2016 144,424,000 252K 151,517,000 420K
June 2016 144,172,000 271K 151,097,000 67K
May 2016 143,901,000 24K 151,030,000 26K
April 2016 143,877,000 144K 151,004,000 -316K
March 2016 143,733,000 186K 151,320,000 246K
February 2016 143,547,000 233K 151,074,000 530K
January 2016 143,314,000 168K 150,544,000 615K
December 2015 143,146,000 271K 149,929,000 485K