Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 5,637,600 jobs in Pennsylvania in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 5,914,965 employed persons for the month. Pennsylvania added 21,000 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 15,232 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Pennsylvania job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 5,637,600 +21,000 -452,600
CPS 5,914,965 +15,232 -321,024

Pennsylvania Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Pennsylvania 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 in Pennsylvania

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for Pennsylvania at 6,109,600. Since then 472,000 jobs have been lost in Pennsylvania according to the employer survey. From a trough of 4,993,100 in April 2020, Pennsylvania has gained 644,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Pennsylvania reached a maximum of 6,249,391 in February 2020. 334,426 jobs have been lost in Pennsylvania since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 5,410,390, Pennsylvania has added 504,575 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 5,637,600 21,000 5,914,965 15,232
October 2020 5,616,600 13,300 5,899,733 -2,838
September 2020 5,603,300 24,900 5,902,571 249,126
August 2020 5,578,400 60,000 5,653,445 86,126
July 2020 5,518,400 90,400 5,567,319 44,194
June 2020 5,428,000 226,500 5,523,125 -105,335
May 2020 5,201,500 208,400 5,628,460 218,070
April 2020 4,993,100 -1,045,200 5,410,390 -753,036
March 2020 6,038,300 -71,300 6,163,426 -85,965
February 2020 6,109,600 13,000 6,249,391 7,276
January 2020 6,096,600 17,100 6,242,115 7,597
December 2019 6,079,500 -10,700 6,234,518 -1,471