Department of Numbers

New Jersey Job Growth

There were 3,915,400 jobs in New Jersey in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,095,293 employed persons for the month. New Jersey added 13,600 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 6,128 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is New Jersey job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,915,400 +13,600 +396,200
CPS 4,095,293 +6,128 +353,738

New Jersey Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for New Jersey 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 in New Jersey

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for New Jersey at 4,229,600. Since then 314,200 jobs have been lost in New Jersey according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,512,400 in April 2020, New Jersey has gained 403,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in New Jersey reached a maximum of 4,415,112 in December 2019. 319,819 jobs have been lost in New Jersey since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,735,350, New Jersey has added 359,943 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

New Jersey Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 3,915,400 13,600 4,095,293 6,128
April 2021 3,901,800 4,900 4,089,165 5,599
March 2021 3,896,900 20,400 4,083,566 24,635
February 2021 3,876,500 10,800 4,058,931 -926
January 2021 3,865,700 800 4,059,857 20,289
December 2020 3,864,900 -6,100 4,039,568 -2,429
November 2020 3,871,000 8,500 4,041,997 -1,312
October 2020 3,862,500 2,000 4,043,309 7,957
September 2020 3,860,500 85,300 4,035,352 14,841
August 2020 3,775,200 70,800 4,020,511 19,421
July 2020 3,704,400 129,600 4,001,090 246,357
June 2020 3,574,800 55,600 3,754,733 13,178