Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 143,288,000 jobs in the US in January 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 150,544,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 151,000 jobs in January 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 615,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey January 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 143,288,000 +151,000 +2,665,000
CPS 150,544,000 +615,000 +2,440,000

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 2016 is at a new high of 143,288,000.

CPS employment in January 2016 is at a new high of 150,544,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2016

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2016 143,288,000 151K 150,544,000 615K
December 2015 143,137,000 262K 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
April 2015 141,223,000 251K 148,509,000 176K
March 2015 140,972,000 84K 148,333,000 102K
February 2015 140,888,000 265K 148,231,000 127K