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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 2,940,600 jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,013,728 employed persons for the month. Philadelphia added 2,200 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 8,561 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Philadelphia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,940,600 +2,200 +105,200
CPS 3,013,728 +8,561 +73,337

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 73,200 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,490,900 in April 2020, Philadelphia has gained 449,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,067,774 for Philadelphia in November 2019. 54,046 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 401,607 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 2,940,600 2,200 3,013,728 8,561
March 2022 2,938,400 5,200 3,005,167 11,572
February 2022 2,933,200 8,900 2,993,595 7,224
January 2022 2,924,300 2,700 2,986,371 8,262
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
September 2021 2,874,400 -800 2,972,292 6,386
August 2021 2,875,200 13,600 2,965,906 6,462
July 2021 2,861,600 10,500 2,959,444 6,451
June 2021 2,851,100 8,000 2,952,993 5,962
May 2021 2,843,100 7,700 2,947,031 6,640