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Abilene, Texas Job Growth

There were 71,400 jobs in Abilene, Texas in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 74,708 employed persons for the month. Abilene added 800 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 149 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Abilene job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 71,400 +800 +4,100
CPS 74,708 +149 +6,322

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

Abilene, Texas Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Abilene 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 Abilene, Texas

CES employment for Abilene peaked in November 2019 at 73,500. Since then 2,100 jobs have been lost in Abilene according to the employer survey. From a trough of 65,600 in April 2020, Abilene has gained 5,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 79,235 for Abilene in August 2008. 4,527 jobs have been lost in Abilene since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 65,930, Abilene has added 8,778 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Abilene, Texas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 71,400 800 74,708 149
April 2021 70,600 -200 74,559 15
March 2021 70,800 700 74,544 1
February 2021 70,100 0 74,543 24
January 2021 70,100 100 74,519 -10
December 2020 70,000 0 74,529 116
November 2020 70,000 100 74,413 192
October 2020 69,900 100 74,221 330
September 2020 69,800 0 73,891 -2,248
August 2020 69,800 300 76,139 3,281
July 2020 69,500 800 72,858 757
June 2020 68,700 1,400 72,101 3,715