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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 855,700 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 784,908 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee lost 1,300 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 5,512 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 855,700 -1,300 -2,000
CPS 784,908 -5,512 +805

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 21,700 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 805,100 in November 2009, Milwaukee has gained 50,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 796,269 for Milwaukee in August 2016. 11,361 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 855,700 -1,300 784,908 -5,512
November 2016 857,000 -300 790,420 -989
October 2016 857,300 -2,100 791,409 -2,616
September 2016 859,400 400 794,025 -2,244
August 2016 859,000 -3,900 796,269 609
July 2016 862,900 1,500 795,660 4,053
June 2016 861,400 3,100 791,607 955
May 2016 858,300 100 790,652 -820
April 2016 858,200 -4,900 791,472 -909
March 2016 863,100 4,100 792,381 2,387
February 2016 859,000 2,000 789,994 3,017
January 2016 857,000 -700 786,977 2,874