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Tucson, Arizona Job Growth

There were 371,700 jobs in Tucson, Arizona in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 458,715 employed persons for the month. Tucson lost 2,700 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 89 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Tucson job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 371,700 -2,700 -22,300
CPS 458,715 +89 -23,305

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

Tucson, Arizona Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Tucson 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 Tucson, Arizona

CES employment for Tucson peaked in August 2019 at 396,000. Since then 24,300 jobs have been lost in Tucson according to the employer survey. From a trough of 350,000 in April 2020, Tucson has gained 21,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 482,194 for Tucson in December 2019. 23,479 jobs have been lost in Tucson since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 431,735, Tucson has added 26,980 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Tucson, Arizona Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 371,700 -2,700 458,715 89
January 2021 374,400 1,700 458,626 960
December 2020 372,700 900 457,666 897
November 2020 371,800 800 456,769 728
October 2020 371,000 3,200 456,041 -6,084
September 2020 367,800 -4,600 462,125 10,979
August 2020 372,400 6,200 451,146 1,385
July 2020 366,200 -3,200 449,761 753
June 2020 369,400 8,400 449,008 -8,081
May 2020 361,000 11,000 457,089 25,354
April 2020 350,000 -40,800 431,735 -35,032
March 2020 390,800 -3,200 466,767 -15,253