Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 149,700 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in August 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 161,469 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo added 300 jobs in August 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 548 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 149,700 +300 +2,800
CPS 161,469 -548 +499

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

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Kalamazoo 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 Kalamazoo, Michigan

CES employment for Kalamazoo peaked in August 2000 at 151,300. Since then 1,600 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 134,300 in September 2010, Kalamazoo has gained 15,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,604 for Kalamazoo in September 2000. 6,135 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a December 2012 low of 146,428, Kalamazoo has added 15,041 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2017

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2017 149,700 300 161,469 -548
July 2017 149,400 -400 162,017 -254
June 2017 149,800 1,200 162,271 -5
May 2017 148,600 -200 162,276 -967
April 2017 148,800 200 163,243 170
March 2017 148,600 0 163,073 -151
February 2017 148,600 300 163,224 290
January 2017 148,300 600 162,934 805
December 2016 147,700 400 162,129 271
November 2016 147,300 -300 161,858 268
October 2016 147,600 600 161,590 270
September 2016 147,000 100 161,320 350