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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Job Growth

There were 2,145,100 jobs in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,351,755 employed persons for the month. Phoenix added 1,400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 12,766 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Phoenix job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,145,100 +1,400 -80,400
CPS 2,351,755 +12,766 -96,102

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 2,225,500. Since then 80,400 jobs have been lost in Phoenix according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,981,200 in April 2020, Phoenix has gained 163,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,449,153 for Phoenix in December 2019. 97,398 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 190,892 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Phoenix, Arizona Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 2,145,100 1,400 2,351,755 12,766
January 2021 2,143,700 8,800 2,338,989 17,374
December 2020 2,134,900 5,800 2,321,615 16,529
November 2020 2,129,100 8,200 2,305,086 -13,640
October 2020 2,120,900 8,800 2,318,726 -28,785
September 2020 2,112,100 13,900 2,347,511 100,689
August 2020 2,098,200 24,899 2,246,822 16,472
July 2020 2,073,300 -13,399 2,230,350 6,601
June 2020 2,086,699 44,899 2,223,749 -53,677
May 2020 2,041,800 60,600 2,277,426 116,563
April 2020 1,981,200 -228,200 2,160,863 -206,413
March 2020 2,209,400 -16,100 2,367,276 -80,581