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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth

There were 4,686,800 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in August 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,629,357 employed persons for the month. Chicago added 3,700 jobs in August 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 22,620 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chicago job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,686,800 +3,700 +22,700
CPS 4,629,357 -22,620 -10,531

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 peaked in June 2017 at 4,688,900. Since then 2,100 jobs have been lost in Chicago according to the employer survey. From a trough of 4,683,100 in July 2017, Chicago has gained 3,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 4,673,421 for Chicago in December 2007. 44,064 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 317,005 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2017

Chicago, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2017 4,686,800 3,700 4,629,357 -22,620
July 2017 4,683,100 -5,800 4,651,977 -1,936
June 2017 4,688,900 15,500 4,653,913 12,758
May 2017 4,673,400 6,800 4,641,155 3,126
April 2017 4,666,600 -10,600 4,638,029 -25,492
March 2017 4,677,200 1,100 4,663,521 12,336
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