Department of Numbers

US Employment and Jobs

There were 149,893,000 jobs in the US in November 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 156,795,000 employed persons for the month. The US added 155,000 jobs in November 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 233,000. (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.)

Employment Survey November 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 149,893,000 +155,000 +2,443,000
CPS 156,795,000 +233,000 +2,878,000

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 November 2018 is at a new high of 149,893,000.

CPS employment in November 2018 is at a new high of 156,795,000.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2018

US Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2018 149,893,000 155K 156,795,000 233K
October 2018 149,738,000 237K 156,562,000 600K
September 2018 149,501,000 119K 155,962,000 420K
August 2018 149,382,000 286K 155,542,000 -423K
July 2018 149,096,000 165K 155,965,000 389K
June 2018 148,931,000 208K 155,576,000 102K
May 2018 148,723,000 268K 155,474,000 293K
April 2018 148,455,000 175K 155,181,000 3K
March 2018 148,280,000 155K 155,178,000 -37K
February 2018 148,125,000 324K 155,215,000 785K
January 2018 147,801,000 176K 154,430,000 409K
December 2017 147,625,000 175K 154,021,000 104K