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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 2,924,200 jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,943,752 employed persons for the month. Philadelphia added 300 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 4,180 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Philadelphia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,924,200 +300 +22,900
CPS 2,943,752 +4,180 -10,269

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 October 2017 at 2,929,200. Since then 5,000 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,923,100 in December 2017, Philadelphia has gained 1,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,962,241 for Philadelphia in April 2017. 18,489 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia since then according to the household survey. From a December 2017 low of 2,938,506, Philadelphia has added 5,246 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 2,924,200 300 2,943,752 4,180
January 2018 2,923,900 800 2,939,572 1,066
December 2017 2,923,100 -1,600 2,938,506 -8,457
November 2017 2,924,700 -4,500 2,946,963 -6,613
October 2017 2,929,200 6,800 2,953,576 -4,097
September 2017 2,922,400 2,900 2,957,673 2,611
August 2017 2,919,500 4,200 2,955,062 -6,574
July 2017 2,915,300 7,200 2,961,636 3,132
June 2017 2,908,100 3,500 2,958,504 4,583
May 2017 2,904,600 3,000 2,953,921 -8,320
April 2017 2,901,600 1,600 2,962,241 2,981
March 2017 2,900,000 -1,300 2,959,260 5,239