Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 148,800 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 162,556 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo added 700 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 173 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 148,800 +700 +4,000
CPS 162,556 -173 +1,894

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 2,500 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 134,300 in September 2010, Kalamazoo has gained 14,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,604 for Kalamazoo in September 2000. 5,048 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a August 2012 low of 147,002, Kalamazoo has added 15,554 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 148,800 700 162,556 -173
November 2016 148,100 -200 162,729 197
October 2016 148,300 -700 162,532 -197
September 2016 149,000 1,200 162,729 798
August 2016 147,800 400 161,931 211
July 2016 147,400 400 161,720 65
June 2016 147,000 1,000 161,655 -1,042
May 2016 146,000 100 162,697 -751
April 2016 145,900 -600 163,448 240
March 2016 146,500 1,000 163,208 195
February 2016 145,500 -400 163,013 1,085
January 2016 145,900 1,100 161,928 1,266