Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 143,915,000 jobs in the US in April 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 151,004,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 160,000 jobs in April 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 316,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 143,915,000 +160,000 +2,692,000
CPS 151,004,000 -316,000 +2,495,000

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 April 2016 is at a new high of 143,915,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 151,320,000 in March 2016. 316,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2016

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2016 143,915,000 160K 151,004,000 -316K
March 2016 143,755,000 208K 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
August 2015 142,151,000 150K 149,043,000 177K
July 2015 142,001,000 277K 148,866,000 144K
June 2015 141,724,000 228K 148,722,000 -26K
May 2015 141,496,000 273K 148,748,000 239K