Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 146,135,000 jobs in the US in May 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 152,923,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 138,000 jobs in May 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 233,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 146,135,000 +138,000 +2,266,000
CPS 152,923,000 -233,000 +1,865,000

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 May 2017 is at a new high of 146,135,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 153,156,000 in April 2017. 233,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2017

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2017 146,135,000 138K 152,923,000 -233K
April 2017 145,997,000 174K 153,156,000 156K
March 2017 145,823,000 50K 153,000,000 472K
February 2017 145,773,000 232K 152,528,000 447K
January 2017 145,541,000 216K 152,081,000 -30K
December 2016 145,325,000 155K 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