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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 1,022,400 jobs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,028,006 employed persons for the month. Pittsburgh added 46,700 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 45,800 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Pittsburgh job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,022,400 +46,700 -169,700
CPS 1,028,006 +45,800 -127,198

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 178,900 jobs have been lost in Pittsburgh according to the employer survey. From a trough of 975,700 in April 2020, Pittsburgh has gained 46,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,171,409 for Pittsburgh in September 2008. 143,403 jobs have been lost in Pittsburgh since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 982,206, Pittsburgh has added 45,800 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 1,022,400 46,700 1,028,006 45,800
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
August 2019 1,196,500 2,200 1,157,274 2,457
July 2019 1,194,300 1,500 1,154,817 721
June 2019 1,192,800 700 1,154,096 -1,108