Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 149,128,000 jobs in the US in July 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 155,965,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 157,000 jobs in July 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 389,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey July 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 149,128,000 +157,000 +2,400,000
CPS 155,965,000 +389,000 +2,454,000

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 in July 2018 is at a new high of 149,128,000.

CPS employment in July 2018 is at a new high of 155,965,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2018

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2018 149,128,000 157K 155,965,000 389K
June 2018 148,971,000 248K 155,576,000 102K
May 2018 148,723,000 268K 155,474,000 293K
April 2018 148,455,000 175K 155,181,000 3K
March 2018 148,280,000 155K 155,178,000 -37K
February 2018 148,125,000 324K 155,215,000 785K
January 2018 147,801,000 176K 154,430,000 409K
December 2017 147,625,000 175K 154,021,000 104K
November 2017 147,450,000 216K 153,917,000 71K
October 2017 147,234,000 271K 153,846,000 -478K
September 2017 146,963,000 14K 154,324,000 853K
August 2017 146,949,000 221K 153,471,000 -40K