Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 137,928,000 jobs in the US in March 2014 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 145,742,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 192,000 jobs in March 2014 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 476,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 137,928,000 +192,000 +2,246,000
CPS 145,742,000 +476,000 +2,349,000

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 peaked for the US in January 2008 at 138,365,000. Since then 437,000 jobs have been lost according to the employer survey. From a trough of 129,655,000 in February 2010, the US has added 8,273,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 146,595,000 in November 2007. 853,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 138,013,000, the US has added 7,729,000 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2014

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2014 137,928,000 192K 145,742,000 476K
February 2014 137,736,000 197K 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
June 2013 136,285,000 201K 144,075,000 156K
May 2013 136,084,000 199K 143,919,000 243K
April 2013 135,885,000 203K 143,676,000 283K
March 2013 135,682,000 141K 143,393,000 -71K