Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 140,849,000 jobs in the US in January 2015 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 148,201,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 257,000 jobs in January 2015 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 759,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey January 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 140,849,000 +257,000 +3,207,000
CPS 148,201,000 +759,000 +2,995,000

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 January 2015 is at a new high of 140,849,000.

CPS employment in January 2015 is at a new high of 148,201,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2015

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2015 140,849,000 257K 148,201,000 759K
December 2014 140,592,000 329K 147,442,000 111K
November 2014 140,263,000 423K 147,331,000 71K
October 2014 139,840,000 221K 147,260,000 653K
September 2014 139,619,000 250K 146,607,000 156K
August 2014 139,369,000 213K 146,451,000 50K
July 2014 139,156,000 249K 146,401,000 154K
June 2014 138,907,000 286K 146,247,000 379K
May 2014 138,621,000 236K 145,868,000 144K
April 2014 138,385,000 330K 145,724,000 -72K
March 2014 138,055,000 225K 145,796,000 495K
February 2014 137,830,000 188K 145,301,000 95K