Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 6,025,500 jobs in Illinois in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 6,196,956 employed persons for the month. Illinois added 1,700 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 763 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 6,025,500 +1,700 +43,000
CPS 6,196,956 -763 +57,137

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 6,055,100. Since then 29,600 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,583,700 in December 2009, Illinois has gained 441,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,344,730 in November 2007. 147,774 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 336,408 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 6,025,500 1,700 6,196,956 -763
October 2016 6,023,800 3,400 6,197,719 -7,331
September 2016 6,020,400 11,500 6,205,050 -2,124
August 2016 6,008,900 -8,000 6,207,174 -2,477
July 2016 6,016,900 14,600 6,209,651 -6,745
June 2016 6,002,300 -3,500 6,216,396 -17,897
May 2016 6,005,800 -1,500 6,234,293 4,112
April 2016 6,007,300 600 6,230,181 15,224
March 2016 6,006,700 12,400 6,214,957 27,523
February 2016 5,994,300 18,600 6,187,434 24,232
January 2016 5,975,700 1,500 6,163,202 21,033
December 2015 5,974,200 -8,300 6,142,169 2,350