Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 152,383,000 jobs in the US in December 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 158,803,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 145,000 jobs in December 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 267,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 152,383,000 +145,000 +2,108,000
CPS 158,803,000 +267,000 +1,978,000

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 December 2019 is at a new high of 152,383,000.

CPS employment in December 2019 is at a new high of 158,803,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2019

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2019 152,383,000 145K 158,803,000 267K
November 2019 152,238,000 256K 158,536,000 -8K
October 2019 151,982,000 152K 158,544,000 246K
September 2019 151,830,000 193K 158,298,000 403K
August 2019 151,637,000 219K 157,895,000 549K
July 2019 151,418,000 166K 157,346,000 198K
June 2019 151,252,000 178K 157,148,000 304K
May 2019 151,074,000 62K 156,844,000 148K
April 2019 151,012,000 216K 156,696,000 -45K
March 2019 150,796,000 153K 156,741,000 -125K
February 2019 150,643,000 56K 156,866,000 239K
January 2019 150,587,000 312K 156,627,000 -198K