Department of Numbers

Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 155,000 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 159,505 employed persons for the month. Rockford added 1,400 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 69 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 155,000 +1,400 +2,700
CPS 159,505 -69 +1,686

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 10,700 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 142,200 in July 2009, Rockford has gained 12,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 166,275 for Rockford in October 2007. 6,770 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 142,703, Rockford has added 16,802 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 155,000 1,400 159,505 -69
November 2016 153,600 -1,300 159,574 -283
October 2016 154,900 -200 159,857 363
September 2016 155,100 200 159,494 -1,259
August 2016 154,900 -500 160,753 1,241
July 2016 155,400 0 159,512 1,474
June 2016 155,400 1,200 158,038 -194
May 2016 154,200 -100 158,232 -215
April 2016 154,300 500 158,447 -734
March 2016 153,800 0 159,181 -229
February 2016 153,800 -700 159,410 -207
January 2016 154,500 2,200 159,617 1,798