Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 151,682,000 jobs in the US in May 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 158,426,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 390,000 jobs in May 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 321,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey May 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 151,682,000 +390,000 +6,541,000
CPS 158,426,000 +321,000 +6,876,000

Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly change in the US 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 US Employment

CES employment peaked for the US in February 2020 at 152,504,000. Since then 822,000 jobs have been lost according to the employer survey. From a trough of 130,513,000 in April 2020, the US has added 21,169,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 158,866,000 in February 2020. 440,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 133,320,000, the US has added 25,106,000 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2022

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2022 151,682,000 390K 158,426,000 321K
April 2022 151,292,000 436K 158,105,000 -353K
March 2022 150,856,000 398K 158,458,000 736K
February 2022 150,458,000 714K 157,722,000 548K
January 2022 149,744,000 504K 157,174,000 1,199K
December 2021 149,240,000 588K 155,975,000 651K
November 2021 148,652,000 647K 155,324,000 1,090K
October 2021 148,005,000 677K 154,234,000 428K
September 2021 147,328,000 424K 153,806,000 639K
August 2021 146,904,000 517K 153,167,000 463K
July 2021 146,387,000 689K 152,704,000 1,092K
June 2021 145,698,000 557K 151,612,000 62K