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Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Job Growth

There were 298,100 jobs in Durham, North Carolina in August 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 268,150 employed persons for the month. Durham added 3,500 jobs in August 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,396 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Durham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 298,100 +3,500 -26,000
CPS 268,150 +1,396 -28,494

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 February 2020 at 326,100. Since then 28,000 jobs have been lost in Durham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 282,600 in May 2020, Durham has gained 15,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 298,729 for Durham in February 2020. 30,579 jobs have been lost in Durham since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 249,034, Durham has added 19,116 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2020

Durham, North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2020 298,100 3,500 268,150 1,396
July 2020 294,600 1,700 266,754 4,077
June 2020 292,900 10,300 262,677 12,713
May 2020 282,600 -4,800 249,964 930
April 2020 287,400 -35,500 249,034 -37,991
March 2020 322,900 -3,200 287,025 -11,704
February 2020 326,100 300 298,729 559
January 2020 325,800 4,300 298,170 -110
December 2019 321,500 -1,400 298,280 169
November 2019 322,900 900 298,111 314
October 2019 322,000 -1,900 297,797 469
September 2019 323,900 -200 297,328 684