Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 150,816,000 jobs in the US in March 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 156,748,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 196,000 jobs in March 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 201,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 150,816,000 +196,000 +2,537,000
CPS 156,748,000 -201,000 +1,588,000

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 March 2019 is at a new high of 150,816,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 156,949,000 in February 2019. 201,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2019

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2019 150,816,000 196K 156,748,000 -201K
February 2019 150,620,000 33K 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
August 2018 149,467,000 282K 155,604,000 -360K
July 2018 149,185,000 178K 155,964,000 372K
June 2018 149,007,000 262K 155,592,000 53K
May 2018 148,745,000 270K 155,539,000 323K
April 2018 148,475,000 196K 155,216,000 56K