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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth

There were 4,678,000 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,664,178 employed persons for the month. Chicago added 1,900 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 12,993 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chicago job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,678,000 +1,900 +34,400
CPS 4,664,178 +12,993 +10,210

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Chicago, Illinois Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Chicago 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 for Chicago, Illinois

CES employment for Chicago in March 2017 is at a new high of 4,678,000.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 4,673,421 for Chicago in December 2007. 9,243 jobs have been lost in Chicago since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 4,312,352, Chicago has added 351,826 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Chicago, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 4,678,000 1,900 4,664,178 12,993
February 2017 4,676,100 900 4,651,185 10,295
January 2017 4,675,200 10,100 4,640,890 19,827
December 2016 4,665,100 2,400 4,621,063 -3,840
November 2016 4,662,700 -2,600 4,624,903 -4,537
October 2016 4,665,300 -2,800 4,629,440 -5,069
September 2016 4,668,100 4,000 4,634,509 -5,379
August 2016 4,664,100 1,800 4,639,888 -2,855
July 2016 4,662,300 25,700 4,642,743 1,425
June 2016 4,636,600 1,500 4,641,318 602
May 2016 4,635,100 -9,900 4,640,716 -5,290
April 2016 4,645,000 1,400 4,646,006 -7,962