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Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York Job Growth

There were 438,600 jobs in Albany, New York in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 424,714 employed persons for the month. Albany lost 500 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 848 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Albany job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 438,600 -500 -33,500
CPS 424,714 -848 -13,366

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

Albany, New York Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Albany 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 Albany, New York

CES employment for Albany peaked in August 2019 at 474,000. Since then 35,400 jobs have been lost in Albany according to the employer survey. From a trough of 398,400 in April 2020, Albany has gained 40,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 438,751 for Albany in September 2005. 14,037 jobs have been lost in Albany since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 385,478, Albany has added 39,236 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Albany, New York Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 438,600 -500 424,714 -848
January 2021 439,100 3,100 425,562 14,828
December 2020 436,000 -2,700 410,734 54
November 2020 438,700 -200 410,680 4,238
October 2020 438,900 0 406,442 -6,905
September 2020 438,900 7,000 413,347 74
August 2020 431,900 7,300 413,273 5,242
July 2020 424,600 10,800 408,031 10,934
June 2020 413,800 9,200 397,097 -10,365
May 2020 404,600 6,200 407,462 21,984
April 2020 398,400 -72,100 385,478 -53,180
March 2020 470,500 -1,600 438,658 578