Department of Numbers

Salem, Oregon Job Growth

There were 167,500 jobs in Salem, Oregon in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 197,859 employed persons for the month. Salem lost 100 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 514 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Salem job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 167,500 -100 +13,100
CPS 197,859 +514 +17,307

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 December 2019 at 175,100. Since then 7,600 jobs have been lost in Salem according to the employer survey. From a trough of 152,900 in April 2020, Salem has gained 14,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in May 2021 for Salem is at a new high of 197,859.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Salem, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 167,500 -100 197,859 514
April 2021 167,600 400 197,345 741
March 2021 167,200 700 196,604 723
February 2021 166,500 400 195,881 458
January 2021 166,100 1,200 195,423 592
December 2020 164,900 -800 194,831 589
November 2020 165,700 200 194,242 843
October 2020 165,500 400 193,399 1,210
September 2020 165,100 100 192,189 1,623
August 2020 165,000 1,800 190,566 10,383
July 2020 163,200 3,600 180,183 -4,894
June 2020 159,600 5,200 185,077 4,525