Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 6,083,100 jobs in Illinois in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 6,156,600 employed persons for the month. Illinois added 14,500 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 11,763 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 6,083,100 +14,500 +238,800
CPS 6,156,600 -11,763 +175,611

Illinois Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Illinois 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 Illinois

CES employment peaked in January 2020 for Illinois at 6,148,900. Since then 65,800 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,316,400 in April 2020, Illinois has gained 766,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,334,043 in January 2008. 177,443 jobs have been lost in Illinois since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 5,258,756, Illinois has added 897,844 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 6,083,100 14,500 6,156,600 -11,763
August 2022 6,068,600 4,500 6,168,363 -4,220
July 2022 6,064,100 35,000 6,172,583 1,050
June 2022 6,029,100 16,000 6,171,533 4,468
May 2022 6,013,100 13,400 6,167,065 13,740
April 2022 5,999,700 6,400 6,153,325 21,817
March 2022 5,993,300 17,200 6,131,508 36,635
February 2022 5,976,100 25,100 6,094,873 34,455
January 2022 5,951,000 10,800 6,060,418 45,164
December 2021 5,940,200 18,200 6,015,254 -624
November 2021 5,922,000 27,600 6,015,878 6,867
October 2021 5,894,400 50,100 6,009,011 28,022