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Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 320,100 jobs in Durham, North Carolina in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 289,488 employed persons for the month. Durham added 1,500 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 951 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Durham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 320,100 +1,500 -11,900
CPS 289,488 +951 -9,241

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 13,900 jobs have been lost in Durham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 300,800 in April 2020, Durham has gained 19,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 298,729 for Durham in February 2020. 9,241 jobs have been lost in Durham since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 249,034, Durham has added 40,454 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Durham, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 320,100 1,500 289,488 951
January 2021 318,600 1,300 288,537 6,683
December 2020 317,300 1,100 281,854 1,229
November 2020 316,200 400 280,625 1,017
October 2020 315,800 3,200 279,608 7,500
September 2020 312,600 1,300 272,108 3,956
August 2020 311,300 5,700 268,152 1,398
July 2020 305,600 -1,300 266,754 4,077
June 2020 306,900 3,800 262,677 12,713
May 2020 303,100 2,300 249,964 930
April 2020 300,800 -29,300 249,034 -37,991
March 2020 330,100 -1,900 287,025 -11,704