Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 2,935,000 jobs in Wisconsin in October 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,005,734 employed persons for the month. Wisconsin added 10,400 jobs in October 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 3,240 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Wisconsin job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,935,000 +10,400 +28,400
CPS 3,005,734 +3,240 +46,169

Wisconsin Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Wisconsin 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 in Wisconsin

CES employment peaked in March 2016 for Wisconsin at 2,936,200. Since then 1,200 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,924,600 in September 2016, Wisconsin has gained 10,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Wisconsin reached a maximum of 3,007,785 in May 2016. 2,051 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin since then according to the household survey. From a July 2016 low of 2,995,478, Wisconsin has added 10,256 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2016

Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2016 2,935,000 10,400 3,005,734 3,240
September 2016 2,924,600 -9,100 3,002,494 5,808
August 2016 2,933,700 100 2,996,686 1,208
July 2016 2,933,600 7,600 2,995,478 -5,470
June 2016 2,926,000 -1,100 3,000,948 -6,837
May 2016 2,927,100 1,300 3,007,785 1,302
April 2016 2,925,800 -10,400 3,006,483 3,846
March 2016 2,936,200 13,300 3,002,637 10,417
February 2016 2,922,900 11,600 2,992,220 14,152
January 2016 2,911,300 7,200 2,978,068 12,593
December 2015 2,904,100 1,000 2,965,475 2,679
November 2015 2,903,100 -3,500 2,962,796 3,231