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Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana Job Growth

There were 1,061,500 jobs in Indianapolis, Indiana in January 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,042,741 employed persons for the month. Indianapolis lost 500 jobs in January 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 16,339 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Indianapolis job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,061,500 -500 -38,200
CPS 1,042,741 -16,339 -429

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

Indianapolis, Indiana Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis, Indiana

CES employment for Indianapolis peaked in February 2020 at 1,102,000. Since then 40,500 jobs have been lost in Indianapolis according to the employer survey. From a trough of 954,000 in April 2020, Indianapolis has gained 107,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,059,080 for Indianapolis in December 2020. 16,339 jobs have been lost in Indianapolis since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2021

Indianapolis, Indiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2021 1,061,500 -500 1,042,741 -16,339
December 2020 1,062,000 6,400 1,059,080 37,903
November 2020 1,055,600 200 1,021,177 -12,412
October 2020 1,055,400 6,999 1,033,589 13,195
September 2020 1,048,400 4,400 1,020,394 9,500
August 2020 1,044,000 11,000 1,010,894 26,358
July 2020 1,033,000 20,100 984,536 21,414
June 2020 1,012,900 28,600 963,122 31,563
May 2020 984,300 30,300 931,559 76,440
April 2020 954,000 -136,200 855,119 -155,623
March 2020 1,090,200 -11,800 1,010,742 -36,210
February 2020 1,102,000 2,300 1,046,952 3,782