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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 2,780,600 jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,831,824 employed persons for the month. Philadelphia added 1,800 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 3,888 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Philadelphia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,780,600 +1,800 -202,700
CPS 2,831,824 +3,888 -181,009

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 2,999,100. Since then 218,500 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,510,100 in April 2020, Philadelphia has gained 270,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,018,568 for Philadelphia in February 2020. 186,744 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,616,264, Philadelphia has added 215,560 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 2,780,600 1,800 2,831,824 3,888
October 2020 2,778,800 13,500 2,827,936 4,126
September 2020 2,765,300 16,700 2,823,810 54,128
August 2020 2,748,600 35,500 2,769,682 49,981
July 2020 2,713,100 55,700 2,719,701 57,680
June 2020 2,657,400 85,400 2,662,021 -27,804
May 2020 2,572,000 61,900 2,689,825 73,561
April 2020 2,510,100 -466,500 2,616,264 -365,925
March 2020 2,976,600 -22,500 2,982,189 -36,379
February 2020 2,999,100 6,600 3,018,568 5,817
January 2020 2,992,500 13,000 3,012,751 -1,273
December 2019 2,979,500 -3,800 3,014,024 1,191