Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 148,230,000 jobs in the US in March 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 155,178,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 103,000 jobs in March 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 37,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 148,230,000 +103,000 +2,261,000
CPS 155,178,000 -37,000 +2,114,000

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 2018 is at a new high of 148,230,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 155,215,000 in February 2018. 37,000 have been lost since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2018

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2018 148,230,000 103K 155,178,000 -37K
February 2018 148,127,000 326K 155,215,000 785K
January 2018 147,801,000 176K 154,430,000 409K
December 2017 147,625,000 175K 154,021,000 104K
November 2017 147,450,000 216K 153,917,000 71K
October 2017 147,234,000 271K 153,846,000 -478K
September 2017 146,963,000 14K 154,324,000 853K
August 2017 146,949,000 221K 153,471,000 -40K
July 2017 146,728,000 190K 153,511,000 261K
June 2017 146,538,000 239K 153,250,000 358K
May 2017 146,299,000 155K 152,892,000 -269K
April 2017 146,144,000 175K 153,161,000 97K