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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 865,900 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 796,126 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee added 4,000 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 5,151 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 865,900 +4,000 +2,100
CPS 796,126 +5,151 +1,769

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

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CES employment for Milwaukee peaked in January 2001 at 877,400. Since then 11,500 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 805,100 in November 2009, Milwaukee has gained 60,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in March 2017 for Milwaukee is at a new high of 796,126.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 865,900 4,000 796,126 5,151
February 2017 861,900 1,500 790,975 2,651
January 2017 860,400 100 788,324 3,559
December 2016 860,300 100 784,765 -2,589
November 2016 860,200 -900 787,354 -2,181
October 2016 861,100 -3,800 789,535 -737
September 2016 864,900 1,100 790,272 -673
August 2016 863,800 300 790,945 -248
July 2016 863,500 2,800 791,193 270
June 2016 860,700 -1,100 790,923 -816
May 2016 861,800 -2,600 791,739 -1,525
April 2016 864,400 600 793,264 -1,093