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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 2,991,900 jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,064,061 employed persons for the month. Philadelphia lost 3,900 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 11,598 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Philadelphia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,991,900 -3,900 +117,500
CPS 3,064,061 +11,598 +91,769

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 February 2020 at 3,013,800. Since then 21,900 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,490,900 in April 2020, Philadelphia has gained 501,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,067,774 for Philadelphia in November 2019. 3,713 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,612,121, Philadelphia has added 451,940 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 2,991,900 -3,900 3,064,061 11,598
August 2022 2,995,800 10,100 3,052,463 10,754
July 2022 2,985,700 20,900 3,041,709 7,920
June 2022 2,964,800 12,800 3,033,789 6,908
May 2022 2,952,000 9,100 3,026,881 12,938
April 2022 2,942,900 4,500 3,013,943 8,776
March 2022 2,938,400 5,200 3,005,167 11,550
February 2022 2,933,200 8,900 2,993,617 7,235
January 2022 2,924,300 2,700 2,986,382 8,273
December 2021 2,921,600 11,100 2,978,109 -268
November 2021 2,910,500 12,000 2,978,377 1,111
October 2021 2,898,500 24,100 2,977,266 4,974