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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth

There were 4,798,800 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in April 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,701,722 employed persons for the month. Chicago added 19,500 jobs in April 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 5,074 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chicago job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,798,800 +19,500 +77,300
CPS 4,701,722 +5,074 +25,537

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Chicago, Illinois Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Chicago 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 for Chicago, Illinois

CES employment for Chicago in April 2019 is at a new high of 4,798,800.

CPS employment in April 2019 for Chicago is at a new high of 4,701,722.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2019

Chicago, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2019 4,798,800 19,500 4,701,722 5,074
March 2019 4,779,300 -7,800 4,696,648 3,807
February 2019 4,787,100 -7,300 4,692,841 3,502
January 2019 4,794,400 11,300 4,689,339 3,896
December 2018 4,783,100 6,100 4,685,443 -191
November 2018 4,777,000 13,800 4,685,634 687
October 2018 4,763,200 9,800 4,684,947 3,465
September 2018 4,753,400 -1,400 4,681,482 4,372
August 2018 4,754,800 3,200 4,677,110 2,825
July 2018 4,751,600 11,500 4,674,285 952
June 2018 4,740,100 7,900 4,673,333 -1,202
May 2018 4,732,200 10,700 4,674,535 -1,650