Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 5,384,500 jobs in Illinois in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 5,331,699 employed persons for the month. Illinois added 62,200 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 258,712 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 5,384,500 +62,200 -737,900
CPS 5,331,699 +258,712 -850,734

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 6,133,200. Since then 748,700 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,322,300 in April 2020, Illinois has gained 62,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,358,249 in November 2007. 1,026,550 jobs have been lost in Illinois since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 5,072,987, Illinois has added 258,712 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 5,384,500 62,200 5,331,699 258,712
April 2020 5,322,300 -738,600 5,072,987 -957,136
March 2020 6,060,900 -60,900 6,030,123 -149,757
February 2020 6,121,800 -11,400 6,179,880 -9,557
January 2020 6,133,200 16,000 6,189,437 -7,372
December 2019 6,117,200 12,000 6,196,809 -767
November 2019 6,105,200 -11,100 6,197,576 -1,696
October 2019 6,116,300 600 6,199,272 -142
September 2019 6,115,700 -8,200 6,199,414 2,406
August 2019 6,123,900 -1,500 6,197,008 4,333
July 2019 6,125,400 2,400 6,192,675 5,939
June 2019 6,123,000 600 6,186,736 4,303