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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Job Growth

There were 1,988,900 jobs in Phoenix, Arizona in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,165,636 employed persons for the month. Phoenix lost 217,300 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 201,640 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Phoenix job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,988,900 -217,300 -169,800
CPS 2,165,636 -201,640 -199,186

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 232,700 jobs have been lost in Phoenix according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,449,153 for Phoenix in December 2019. 283,517 jobs have been lost in Phoenix since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Phoenix, Arizona Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 1,988,900 -217,300 2,165,636 -201,640
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
November 2019 2,211,700 9,000 2,443,302 8,065
October 2019 2,202,700 11,100 2,435,237 9,598
September 2019 2,191,600 -900 2,425,639 11,381
August 2019 2,192,500 14,100 2,414,258 13,021
July 2019 2,178,400 11,600 2,401,237 13,335
June 2019 2,166,800 2,200 2,387,902 12,506
May 2019 2,164,600 5,900 2,375,396 10,574