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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 857,300 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 803,997 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee lost 4,500 jobs in August 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,587 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 857,300 -4,500 -6,500
CPS 803,997 -1,587 +13,052

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 20,100 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 805,100 in November 2009, Milwaukee has gained 52,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 805,584 for Milwaukee in July 2017. 1,587 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2017 857,300 -4,500 803,997 -1,587
July 2017 861,800 -200 805,584 3,611
June 2017 862,000 -3,800 801,973 2,875
May 2017 865,800 800 799,098 1,754
April 2017 865,000 -1,300 797,344 1,050
March 2017 866,300 4,400 796,294 5,319
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