Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 5,684,200 jobs in Pennsylvania in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 5,881,383 employed persons for the month. Pennsylvania added 18,500 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 9,925 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Pennsylvania job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 5,684,200 +18,500 +529,200
CPS 5,881,383 +9,925 +331,899

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 January 2020 for Pennsylvania at 6,093,100. Since then 408,900 jobs have been lost in Pennsylvania according to the employer survey. From a trough of 4,962,900 in April 2020, Pennsylvania has gained 721,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Pennsylvania reached a maximum of 6,228,361 in November 2019. 346,978 jobs have been lost in Pennsylvania since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 5,290,771, Pennsylvania has added 590,612 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 5,684,200 18,500 5,881,383 9,925
April 2021 5,665,700 -5,200 5,871,458 -2,849
March 2021 5,670,900 16,400 5,874,307 7,253
February 2021 5,654,500 14,400 5,867,054 29,673
January 2021 5,640,100 37,700 5,837,381 -24,781
December 2020 5,602,400 -35,400 5,862,162 -3,246
November 2020 5,637,800 11,700 5,865,408 -4,732
October 2020 5,626,100 23,400 5,870,140 2,912
September 2020 5,602,700 50,800 5,867,228 253,153
August 2020 5,551,900 42,300 5,614,075 21,356
July 2020 5,509,600 138,100 5,592,719 24,801
June 2020 5,371,500 216,500 5,567,918 18,434