Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 131,072,000 jobs in the US in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 133,403,000 employed persons for the month. The US lost 20,500,000 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 22,369,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 131,072,000 -20,500,000 -19,420,000
CPS 133,403,000 -22,369,000 -23,293,000

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 152,442,000. Since then 21,370,000 jobs have been lost according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 158,803,000 in December 2019. 25,400,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 131,072,000 -20,500K 133,403,000 -22,369K
March 2020 151,572,000 -870K 155,772,000 -2,987K
February 2020 152,442,000 230K 158,759,000 45K
January 2020 152,212,000 214K 158,714,000 -89K
December 2019 151,998,000 184K 158,803,000 267K
November 2019 151,814,000 261K 158,536,000 -8K
October 2019 151,553,000 185K 158,544,000 246K
September 2019 151,368,000 208K 158,298,000 403K
August 2019 151,160,000 207K 157,895,000 549K
July 2019 150,953,000 194K 157,346,000 198K
June 2019 150,759,000 182K 157,148,000 304K
May 2019 150,577,000 85K 156,844,000 148K