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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth

There were 4,668,800 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,702,572 employed persons for the month. Chicago lost 2,800 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 11,799 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chicago job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,668,800 -2,800 +188,700
CPS 4,702,572 +11,799 +259,614

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 peaked in January 2020 at 4,786,700. Since then 117,900 jobs have been lost in Chicago according to the employer survey. From a trough of 4,115,200 in April 2020, Chicago has gained 553,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 4,812,999 for Chicago in February 2020. 110,427 jobs have been lost in Chicago since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 4,017,180, Chicago has added 685,392 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Chicago, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 4,668,800 -2,800 4,702,572 11,799
March 2022 4,671,600 6,900 4,690,773 24,251
February 2022 4,664,700 18,900 4,666,522 30,575
January 2022 4,645,800 9,400 4,635,947 39,011
December 2021 4,636,400 32,100 4,596,936 -2,380
November 2021 4,604,300 29,000 4,599,316 6,828
October 2021 4,575,300 37,800 4,592,488 28,755
September 2021 4,537,500 10,500 4,563,733 34,251
August 2021 4,527,000 2,500 4,529,482 31,026
July 2021 4,524,500 36,100 4,498,456 24,034
June 2021 4,488,400 14,500 4,474,422 16,307
May 2021 4,473,900 -6,200 4,458,115 15,157