Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 6,134,100 jobs in Illinois in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 6,218,100 employed persons for the month. Illinois added 10,300 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 6,785 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 6,134,100 +10,300 +59,300
CPS 6,218,100 +6,785 +35,686

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 in October 2018 for Illinois is at a new high of 6,134,100.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,358,249 in November 2007. 140,149 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 355,078 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 6,134,100 10,300 6,218,100 6,785
September 2018 6,123,800 1,700 6,211,315 -148
August 2018 6,122,100 -3,100 6,211,463 -3,074
July 2018 6,125,200 0 6,214,537 3,239
June 2018 6,125,200 17,200 6,211,298 2,056
May 2018 6,108,000 7,700 6,209,242 7,163
April 2018 6,100,300 2,600 6,202,079 6,749
March 2018 6,097,700 2,500 6,195,330 8,862
February 2018 6,095,200 15,300 6,186,468 6,065
January 2018 6,079,900 -1,300 6,180,403 -1,921
December 2017 6,081,200 -700 6,182,324 -759
November 2017 6,081,900 7,100 6,183,083 669