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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth

There were 4,641,700 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,646,818 employed persons for the month. Chicago lost 5,200 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 2,986 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chicago job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,641,700 -5,200 +31,500
CPS 4,646,818 -2,986 +23,511

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 October 2016 at 4,656,900. Since then 15,200 jobs have been lost in Chicago according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 4,713,757 for Chicago in July 2016. 66,939 jobs have been lost in Chicago since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Chicago, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 4,641,700 -5,200 4,646,818 -2,986
November 2016 4,646,900 -10,000 4,649,804 -6,532
October 2016 4,656,900 3,200 4,656,336 -25,008
September 2016 4,653,700 600 4,681,344 -20,151
August 2016 4,653,100 -3,500 4,701,495 -12,262
July 2016 4,656,600 11,900 4,713,757 18,978
June 2016 4,644,700 -6,800 4,694,779 -1,862
May 2016 4,651,500 4,100 4,696,641 6,611
April 2016 4,647,400 4,500 4,690,030 9,810
March 2016 4,642,900 9,900 4,680,220 25,498
February 2016 4,633,000 21,700 4,654,722 21,984
January 2016 4,611,300 1,100 4,632,738 9,431