Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 6,035,300 jobs in Illinois in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 6,200,840 employed persons for the month. Illinois lost 8,900 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 26,173 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 6,035,300 -8,900 +25,500
CPS 6,200,840 +26,173 +37,378

Illinois Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Illinois 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 Employment in Illinois

CES employment peaked in September 2000 for Illinois at 6,054,900. Since then 19,600 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,583,700 in December 2009, Illinois has gained 451,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,344,730 in November 2007. 143,890 jobs have been lost in Illinois since then according to the household survey. From a November 2009 low of 5,860,548, Illinois has added 340,292 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 6,035,300 -8,900 6,200,840 26,173
February 2017 6,044,200 14,800 6,174,667 27,062
January 2017 6,029,400 8,100 6,147,605 19,559
December 2016 6,021,300 2,000 6,128,046 -2,065
November 2016 6,019,300 -3,300 6,130,111 -2,491
October 2016 6,022,600 -7,800 6,132,602 -2,572
September 2016 6,030,400 10,200 6,135,174 -2,522
August 2016 6,020,200 4,400 6,137,696 -3,343
July 2016 6,015,800 20,800 6,141,039 -5,038
June 2016 5,995,000 -1,900 6,146,077 -6,512
May 2016 5,996,900 -10,300 6,152,589 -6,451
April 2016 6,007,200 -2,600 6,159,040 -4,422