Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 6,186,300 jobs in Illinois in August 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 6,242,598 employed persons for the month. Illinois lost 1,400 jobs in August 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 18,724 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 6,186,300 -1,400 +65,500
CPS 6,242,598 +18,724 +56,585

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 July 2019 for Illinois at 6,187,700. Since then 1,400 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,358,249 in November 2007. 115,651 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 379,576 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2019

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2019 6,186,300 -1,400 6,242,598 18,724
July 2019 6,187,700 1,300 6,223,874 10,358
June 2019 6,186,400 7,600 6,213,516 10,901
May 2019 6,178,800 2,300 6,202,615 3,252
April 2019 6,176,500 18,400 6,199,363 3,988
March 2019 6,158,100 -6,100 6,195,375 -1,131
February 2019 6,164,200 -10,800 6,196,506 1,279
January 2019 6,175,000 26,700 6,195,227 1,223
December 2018 6,148,300 7,400 6,194,004 69
November 2018 6,140,900 5,600 6,193,935 989
October 2018 6,135,300 15,200 6,192,946 3,413
September 2018 6,120,100 -700 6,189,533 3,520