Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 5,692,600 jobs in Illinois in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 5,712,121 employed persons for the month. Illinois lost 20,000 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 110,190 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 5,692,600 -20,000 -412,600
CPS 5,712,121 -110,190 -485,455

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 440,600 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,322,300 in April 2020, Illinois has gained 370,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,358,249 in November 2007. 646,128 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 639,134 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 5,692,600 -20,000 5,712,121 -110,190
October 2020 5,712,600 7,000 5,822,311 138,012
September 2020 5,705,600 -9,200 5,684,299 62,800
August 2020 5,714,800 85,600 5,621,499 88,456
July 2020 5,629,200 105,000 5,533,043 -16,768
June 2020 5,524,200 142,300 5,549,811 211,831
May 2020 5,381,900 59,600 5,337,980 264,993
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