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Salem, Oregon Job Growth

There were 166,600 jobs in Salem, Oregon in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 196,360 employed persons for the month. Salem added 500 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 192 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Salem job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 166,600 +500 -7,800
CPS 196,360 +192 +1,211

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 8,500 jobs have been lost in Salem according to the employer survey. From a trough of 152,900 in April 2020, Salem has gained 13,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in February 2021 for Salem is at a new high of 196,360.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Salem, Oregon Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 166,600 500 196,360 192
January 2021 166,100 1,200 196,168 7,730
December 2020 164,900 -800 188,438 72
November 2020 165,700 200 188,366 91
October 2020 165,500 400 188,275 11,685
September 2020 165,100 100 176,590 -3,517
August 2020 165,000 1,800 180,107 4,639
July 2020 163,200 3,600 175,468 -6,590
June 2020 159,600 5,200 182,058 6,676
May 2020 154,400 1,500 175,382 2,136
April 2020 152,900 -21,000 173,246 -22,208
March 2020 173,900 -500 195,454 305