Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 145,554,000 jobs in the US in January 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 152,081,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 227,000 jobs in January 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 30,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 145,554,000 +227,000 +2,343,000
CPS 152,081,000 -30,000 +1,548,000

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 2017 is at a new high of 145,554,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 152,111,000 in December 2016. 30,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2017

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2017 145,554,000 227K 152,081,000 -30K
December 2016 145,327,000 157K 152,111,000 63K
November 2016 145,170,000 164K 152,048,000 146K
October 2016 145,006,000 124K 151,902,000 -24K
September 2016 144,882,000 249K 151,926,000 271K
August 2016 144,633,000 176K 151,655,000 109K
July 2016 144,457,000 291K 151,546,000 456K
June 2016 144,166,000 297K 151,090,000 32K
May 2016 143,869,000 43K 151,058,000 30K
April 2016 143,826,000 153K 151,028,000 -273K
March 2016 143,673,000 225K 151,301,000 258K
February 2016 143,448,000 237K 151,043,000 510K