Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 139,004,000 jobs in the US in July 2014 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 146,352,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 209,000 jobs in July 2014 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 131,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 139,004,000 +209,000 +2,570,000
CPS 146,352,000 +131,000 +2,067,000

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 July 2014 is at a new high of 139,004,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 146,595,000 in November 2007. 243,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 138,013,000, the US has added 8,339,000 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2014

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2014 139,004,000 209K 146,352,000 131K
June 2014 138,795,000 298K 146,221,000 407K
May 2014 138,497,000 229K 145,814,000 145K
April 2014 138,268,000 304K 145,669,000 -73K
March 2014 137,964,000 203K 145,742,000 476K
February 2014 137,761,000 222K 145,266,000 42K
January 2014 137,539,000 144K 145,224,000 638K
December 2013 137,395,000 84K 144,586,000 143K
November 2013 137,311,000 274K 144,443,000 958K
October 2013 137,037,000 237K 143,485,000 -785K
September 2013 136,800,000 164K 144,270,000 91K
August 2013 136,636,000 202K 144,179,000 -106K
July 2013 136,434,000 149K 144,285,000 210K