Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 147,553,000 jobs in the US in September 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 153,680,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 194,000 jobs in September 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 526,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 147,553,000 +194,000 +5,688,000
CPS 153,680,000 +526,000 +6,137,000

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 152,523,000. Since then 4,970,000 jobs have been lost according to the employer survey. From a trough of 130,161,000 in April 2020, the US has added 17,392,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 158,735,000 in December 2019. 5,055,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 133,370,000, the US has added 20,310,000 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2021

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2021 147,553,000 194K 153,680,000 526K
August 2021 147,359,000 366K 153,154,000 509K
July 2021 146,993,000 1,091K 152,645,000 1,043K
June 2021 145,902,000 962K 151,602,000 -18K
May 2021 144,940,000 614K 151,620,000 444K
April 2021 144,326,000 269K 151,176,000 328K
March 2021 144,057,000 785K 150,848,000 609K
February 2021 143,272,000 536K 150,239,000 208K
January 2021 142,736,000 233K 150,031,000 201K
December 2020 142,503,000 -306K 149,830,000 21K
November 2020 142,809,000 264K 149,809,000 140K
October 2020 142,545,000 680K 149,669,000 2,126K