Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 6,095,100 jobs in Illinois in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 6,186,452 employed persons for the month. Illinois added 15,200 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 6,049 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 6,095,100 +15,200 +48,700
CPS 6,186,452 +6,049 +24,219

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 in February 2018 for Illinois is at a new high of 6,095,100.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,358,249 in November 2007. 171,797 jobs have been lost in Illinois since then according to the household survey. From a November 2009 low of 5,863,022, Illinois has added 323,430 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 6,095,100 15,200 6,186,452 6,049
January 2018 6,079,900 -1,300 6,180,403 -1,921
December 2017 6,081,200 -700 6,182,324 -759
November 2017 6,081,900 7,100 6,183,083 669
October 2017 6,074,800 200 6,182,414 5,203
September 2017 6,074,600 2,100 6,177,211 6,839
August 2017 6,072,500 9,300 6,170,372 4,776
July 2017 6,063,200 -4,600 6,165,596 2,727
June 2017 6,067,800 19,100 6,162,869 20
May 2017 6,048,700 -700 6,162,849 -675
April 2017 6,049,400 -4,500 6,163,524 -188
March 2017 6,053,900 7,500 6,163,712 1,479