Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 145,303,000 jobs in the US in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 152,111,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 156,000 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 63,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 145,303,000 +156,000 +2,157,000
CPS 152,111,000 +63,000 +2,081,000

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 December 2016 is at a new high of 145,303,000.

CPS employment in December 2016 is at a new high of 152,111,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 145,303,000 156K 152,111,000 63K
November 2016 145,147,000 204K 152,048,000 146K
October 2016 144,943,000 135K 151,902,000 -24K
September 2016 144,808,000 208K 151,926,000 271K
August 2016 144,600,000 176K 151,655,000 109K
July 2016 144,424,000 252K 151,546,000 456K
June 2016 144,172,000 271K 151,090,000 32K
May 2016 143,901,000 24K 151,058,000 30K
April 2016 143,877,000 144K 151,028,000 -273K
March 2016 143,733,000 186K 151,301,000 258K
February 2016 143,547,000 233K 151,043,000 510K
January 2016 143,314,000 168K 150,533,000 503K