Department of Numbers

Salem, Oregon Job Growth

There were 171,400 jobs in Salem, Oregon in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 200,818 employed persons for the month. Salem lost 200 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,109 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Salem job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 171,400 -200 +6,400
CPS 200,818 +1,109 +10,252

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 3,700 jobs have been lost in Salem according to the employer survey. From a trough of 152,900 in April 2020, Salem has gained 18,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in August 2021 for Salem is at a new high of 200,818.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Salem, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 171,400 -200 200,818 1,109
July 2021 171,600 1,800 199,709 1,139
June 2021 169,800 2,100 198,570 709
May 2021 167,700 100 197,861 516
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