Department of Numbers

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Job Growth

There were 2,157,800 jobs in Phoenix, Arizona in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,331,117 employed persons for the month. Phoenix added 10,200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 12,391 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Phoenix job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,157,800 +10,200 -53,900
CPS 2,331,117 +12,391 -112,185

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Phoenix, Arizona Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Phoenix 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 Employment for Phoenix, Arizona

CES employment for Phoenix peaked in February 2020 at 2,221,600. Since then 63,800 jobs have been lost in Phoenix according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,003,600 in April 2020, Phoenix has gained 154,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,449,153 for Phoenix in December 2019. 118,036 jobs have been lost in Phoenix since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,160,863, Phoenix has added 170,254 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Phoenix, Arizona Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 2,157,800 10,200 2,331,117 12,391
October 2020 2,147,600 15,800 2,318,726 -28,785
September 2020 2,131,800 11,900 2,347,511 100,689
August 2020 2,119,900 21,800 2,246,822 16,472
July 2020 2,098,100 1,900 2,230,350 6,601
June 2020 2,096,199 53,799 2,223,749 -53,677
May 2020 2,042,400 38,800 2,277,426 116,563
April 2020 2,003,600 -202,600 2,160,863 -206,413
March 2020 2,206,200 -15,400 2,367,276 -80,581
February 2020 2,221,600 1,000 2,447,857 6,503
January 2020 2,220,600 2,400 2,441,354 -7,799
December 2019 2,218,200 6,500 2,449,153 5,851