Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 145,858,000 jobs in the US in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 153,000,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 98,000 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 472,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 145,858,000 +98,000 +2,185,000
CPS 153,000,000 +472,000 +1,699,000

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 March 2017 is at a new high of 145,858,000.

CPS employment in March 2017 is at a new high of 153,000,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 145,858,000 98K 153,000,000 472K
February 2017 145,760,000 219K 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
May 2016 143,869,000 43K 151,058,000 30K
April 2016 143,826,000 153K 151,028,000 -273K