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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 2,957,100 jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,970,685 employed persons for the month. Philadelphia lost 2,200 jobs in August 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 3,990 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Philadelphia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,957,100 -2,200 +37,600
CPS 2,970,685 -3,990 +27,058

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

CES employment for Philadelphia peaked in July 2018 at 2,959,300. Since then 2,200 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,974,675 for Philadelphia in July 2018. 3,990 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2018 2,957,100 -2,200 2,970,685 -3,990
July 2018 2,959,300 12,300 2,974,675 14,522
June 2018 2,947,000 5,300 2,960,153 11,223
May 2018 2,941,700 1,400 2,948,930 9,845
April 2018 2,940,300 5,100 2,939,085 1,601
March 2018 2,935,200 6,800 2,937,484 -7,922
February 2018 2,928,400 4,500 2,945,406 6,526
January 2018 2,923,900 800 2,938,880 -1,484
December 2017 2,923,100 -1,600 2,940,364 -2,768
November 2017 2,924,700 -4,500 2,943,132 -3,356
October 2017 2,929,200 6,800 2,946,488 -3,247
September 2017 2,922,400 2,900 2,949,735 6,108