Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 142,631,000 jobs in the US in January 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 150,031,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 49,000 jobs in January 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 201,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 142,631,000 +49,000 -9,603,000
CPS 150,031,000 +201,000 -8,628,000

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 9,892,000 jobs have been lost according to the employer survey. From a trough of 130,161,000 in April 2020, the US has added 12,470,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 158,735,000 in December 2019. 8,704,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 133,370,000, the US has added 16,661,000 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2021

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2021 142,631,000 49K 150,031,000 201K
December 2020 142,582,000 -227K 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
September 2020 141,865,000 716K 147,543,000 267K
August 2020 141,149,000 1,583K 147,276,000 3,499K
July 2020 139,566,000 1,726K 143,777,000 1,677K
June 2020 137,840,000 4,846K 142,100,000 4,876K
May 2020 132,994,000 2,833K 137,224,000 3,854K
April 2020 130,161,000 -20,679K 133,370,000 -22,166K
March 2020 150,840,000 -1,683K 155,536,000 -3,196K
February 2020 152,523,000 289K 158,732,000 73K