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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 1,112,100 jobs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,084,903 employed persons for the month. Pittsburgh added 3,300 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,496 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Pittsburgh job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,112,100 +3,300 +104,200
CPS 1,084,903 +1,496 +62,648

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

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

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

CES employment for Pittsburgh peaked in August 2019 at 1,194,700. Since then 82,600 jobs have been lost in Pittsburgh according to the employer survey. From a trough of 967,800 in April 2020, Pittsburgh has gained 144,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,167,819 for Pittsburgh in August 2008. 82,916 jobs have been lost in Pittsburgh since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 970,244, Pittsburgh has added 114,659 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 1,112,100 3,300 1,084,903 1,496
April 2021 1,108,800 1,800 1,083,407 622
March 2021 1,107,000 1,700 1,082,785 803
February 2021 1,105,300 2,900 1,081,982 -290
January 2021 1,102,400 10,900 1,082,272 -3,677
December 2020 1,091,500 -8,200 1,085,949 -215
November 2020 1,099,700 -900 1,086,164 -747
October 2020 1,100,600 7,900 1,086,911 -1,593
September 2020 1,092,700 6,400 1,088,504 42,117
August 2020 1,086,300 11,700 1,046,387 16,634
July 2020 1,074,600 11,800 1,029,753 -10,002
June 2020 1,062,800 54,900 1,039,755 17,500