Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 5,681,600 jobs in Illinois in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 5,684,103 employed persons for the month. Illinois added 21,100 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 10,622 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 5,681,600 +21,100 -461,200
CPS 5,684,103 +10,622 -444,538

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 6,151,800. Since then 470,200 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,318,600 in April 2020, Illinois has gained 363,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,334,043 in January 2008. 649,940 jobs have been lost in Illinois since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 5,029,765, Illinois has added 654,338 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 5,681,600 21,100 5,684,103 10,622
January 2021 5,660,500 23,200 5,673,481 13,810
December 2020 5,637,300 -9,200 5,659,671 -2,467
November 2020 5,646,500 -19,300 5,662,138 -151,849
October 2020 5,665,800 10,200 5,813,987 110,726
September 2020 5,655,600 20,000 5,703,261 147,173
August 2020 5,635,600 72,600 5,556,088 146,525
July 2020 5,563,000 128,000 5,409,563 -43,369
June 2020 5,435,000 105,200 5,452,932 241,153
May 2020 5,329,800 11,200 5,211,779 182,014
April 2020 5,318,600 -772,100 5,029,765 -1,080,044
March 2020 6,090,700 -52,100 6,109,809 -18,832