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Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 148,300 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 155,567 employed persons for the month. Rockford added 300 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 390 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 148,300 +300 -4,000
CPS 155,567 +390 -2,265

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

Rockford, Illinois Employment Changes

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

CES employment for Rockford peaked in July 2000 at 165,700. Since then 17,400 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 142,200 in July 2009, Rockford has gained 6,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 166,275 for Rockford in October 2007. 10,708 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 142,703, Rockford has added 12,864 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 148,300 300 155,567 390
February 2017 148,000 -100 155,177 120
January 2017 148,100 -4,100 155,057 -1,740
December 2016 152,200 1,400 156,797 247
November 2016 150,800 -700 156,550 177
October 2016 151,500 0 156,373 267
September 2016 151,500 300 156,106 87
August 2016 151,200 300 156,019 -143
July 2016 150,900 -600 156,162 -307
June 2016 151,500 0 156,469 -452
May 2016 151,500 -800 156,921 -465
April 2016 152,300 0 157,386 -446