Department of Numbers

Illinois Job Growth

There were 6,002,600 jobs in Illinois in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 6,153,479 employed persons for the month. Illinois added 9,300 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 21,971 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Illinois job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 6,002,600 +9,300 +235,800
CPS 6,153,479 +21,971 +270,389

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 6,148,900. Since then 146,300 jobs have been lost in Illinois according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,316,400 in April 2020, Illinois has gained 686,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Illinois reached a maximum of 6,334,043 in January 2008. 180,564 jobs have been lost in Illinois since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 5,258,756, Illinois has added 894,723 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 6,002,600 9,300 6,153,479 21,971
March 2022 5,993,300 17,200 6,131,508 36,635
February 2022 5,976,100 25,100 6,094,873 34,455
January 2022 5,951,000 10,800 6,060,418 45,164
December 2021 5,940,200 18,200 6,015,254 -624
November 2021 5,922,000 27,600 6,015,878 6,867
October 2021 5,894,400 50,100 6,009,011 28,022
September 2021 5,844,300 15,800 5,980,989 27,406
August 2021 5,828,500 4,800 5,953,583 24,076
July 2021 5,823,700 37,500 5,929,507 16,439
June 2021 5,786,200 23,400 5,913,068 13,988
May 2021 5,762,800 -4,000 5,899,080 15,990