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Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 329,800 jobs in Durham, North Carolina in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 295,195 employed persons for the month. Durham added 4,900 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,046 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Durham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 329,800 +4,900 +24,200
CPS 295,195 +1,046 +20,609

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

Durham, North Carolina Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Durham 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 Durham, North Carolina

CES employment for Durham peaked in January 2020 at 334,000. Since then 4,200 jobs have been lost in Durham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 300,800 in April 2020, Durham has gained 29,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 304,631 for Durham in February 2020. 9,436 jobs have been lost in Durham since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 253,915, Durham has added 41,280 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Durham, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 329,800 4,900 295,195 1,046
June 2021 324,900 3,100 294,149 1,008
May 2021 321,800 800 293,141 283
April 2021 321,000 600 292,858 572
March 2021 320,400 500 292,286 622
February 2021 319,900 1,300 291,664 462
January 2021 318,600 1,300 291,202 742
December 2020 317,300 1,100 290,460 727
November 2020 316,200 400 289,733 1,174
October 2020 315,800 3,200 288,559 2,184
September 2020 312,600 1,300 286,375 3,222
August 2020 311,300 5,700 283,153 8,567