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Salem, Oregon Job Growth

There were 157,900 jobs in Salem, Oregon in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 188,184 employed persons for the month. Salem added 200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 91 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Salem job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 157,900 +200 -14,300
CPS 188,184 -91 -6,760

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

Salem, Oregon Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Salem 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 Salem, Oregon

CES employment for Salem peaked in February 2020 at 173,700. Since then 15,800 jobs have been lost in Salem according to the employer survey. From a trough of 150,000 in April 2020, Salem has gained 7,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 195,454 for Salem in March 2020. 7,270 jobs have been lost in Salem since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 173,246, Salem has added 14,938 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Salem, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 157,900 200 188,184 -91
October 2020 157,700 1,300 188,275 11,685
September 2020 156,400 -900 176,590 -3,517
August 2020 157,300 800 180,107 4,639
July 2020 156,500 700 175,468 -6,590
June 2020 155,800 3,900 182,058 6,676
May 2020 151,900 1,900 175,382 2,136
April 2020 150,000 -22,700 173,246 -22,208
March 2020 172,700 -1,000 195,454 305
February 2020 173,700 900 195,149 327
January 2020 172,800 -200 194,822 -453
December 2019 173,000 800 195,275 331