Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 6,045,200 jobs in Illinois in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 6,131,356 employed persons for the month. Illinois lost 1,100 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 23,129 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 6,045,200 -1,100 +25,900
CPS 6,131,356 +23,129 +1,245

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 9,700 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,583,700 in December 2009, Illinois has gained 461,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,344,730 in November 2007. 213,374 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 270,808 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 6,045,200 -1,100 6,131,356 23,129
October 2017 6,046,300 9,300 6,108,227 4,986
September 2017 6,037,000 -7,900 6,103,241 405
August 2017 6,044,900 -2,600 6,102,836 -26,992
July 2017 6,047,500 600 6,129,828 -30,696
June 2017 6,046,900 6,400 6,160,524 -25,048
May 2017 6,040,500 11,300 6,185,572 -12,825
April 2017 6,029,200 -7,300 6,198,397 -2,645
March 2017 6,036,500 -7,700 6,201,042 26,375
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