Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 5,876,700 jobs in Illinois in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 5,888,803 employed persons for the month. Illinois added 19,500 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 36,312 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 5,876,700 +19,500 +230,200
CPS 5,888,803 +36,312 +226,665

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 275,100 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,318,600 in April 2020, Illinois has gained 558,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,334,043 in January 2008. 445,240 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 859,038 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 5,876,700 19,500 5,888,803 36,312
October 2021 5,857,200 42,000 5,852,491 21,784
September 2021 5,815,200 11,000 5,830,707 49,051
August 2021 5,804,200 7,400 5,781,656 12,942
July 2021 5,796,800 38,100 5,768,714 31,589
June 2021 5,758,700 26,100 5,737,125 15,817
May 2021 5,732,600 4,300 5,721,308 13,254
April 2021 5,728,300 1,600 5,708,054 14,806
March 2021 5,726,700 28,900 5,693,248 9,119
February 2021 5,697,800 37,300 5,684,129 10,648
January 2021 5,660,500 23,200 5,673,481 13,810
December 2020 5,637,300 -9,200 5,659,671 -2,467