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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 1,097,300 jobs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in August 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,036,735 employed persons for the month. Pittsburgh added 13,100 jobs in August 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 15,370 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Pittsburgh job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,097,300 +13,100 -99,200
CPS 1,036,735 +15,370 -120,539

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 February 2020 at 1,201,300. Since then 104,000 jobs have been lost in Pittsburgh according to the employer survey. From a trough of 975,700 in April 2020, Pittsburgh has gained 121,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,171,409 for Pittsburgh in September 2008. 134,674 jobs have been lost in Pittsburgh since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 982,206, Pittsburgh has added 54,529 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2020

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2020 1,097,300 13,100 1,036,735 15,370
July 2020 1,084,200 12,800 1,021,365 2,068
June 2020 1,071,400 49,000 1,019,297 -9,584
May 2020 1,022,400 46,700 1,028,881 46,675
April 2020 975,700 -211,100 982,206 -159,974
March 2020 1,186,800 -14,500 1,142,180 -25,562
February 2020 1,201,300 3,500 1,167,742 3,017
January 2020 1,197,800 2,400 1,164,725 -2,438
December 2019 1,195,400 900 1,167,163 1,812
November 2019 1,194,500 -1,100 1,165,351 2,293
October 2019 1,195,600 -1,200 1,163,058 2,754
September 2019 1,196,800 300 1,160,304 3,030