Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 151,541,000 jobs in the US in August 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 157,878,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 130,000 jobs in August 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 590,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 151,541,000 +130,000 +2,074,000
CPS 157,878,000 +590,000 +2,274,000

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 August 2019 is at a new high of 151,541,000.

CPS employment in August 2019 is at a new high of 157,878,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2019

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2019 151,541,000 130K 157,878,000 590K
July 2019 151,411,000 159K 157,288,000 283K
June 2019 151,252,000 178K 157,005,000 247K
May 2019 151,074,000 62K 156,758,000 113K
April 2019 151,012,000 216K 156,645,000 -103K
March 2019 150,796,000 153K 156,748,000 -201K
February 2019 150,643,000 56K 156,949,000 255K
January 2019 150,587,000 312K 156,694,000 -251K
December 2018 150,275,000 227K 156,945,000 142K
November 2018 150,048,000 196K 156,803,000 221K
October 2018 149,852,000 277K 156,582,000 513K
September 2018 149,575,000 108K 156,069,000 465K