Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 144,598,000 jobs in the US in August 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 151,614,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 151,000 jobs in August 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 97,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 144,598,000 +151,000 +2,447,000
CPS 151,614,000 +97,000 +2,571,000

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 August 2016 is at a new high of 144,598,000.

CPS employment in August 2016 is at a new high of 151,614,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2016

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2016 144,598,000 151K 151,614,000 97K
July 2016 144,447,000 275K 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
November 2015 142,875,000 280K 149,444,000 247K
October 2015 142,595,000 295K 149,197,000 255K
September 2015 142,300,000 149K 148,942,000 -101K