Department of Numbers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth

There were 4,740,700 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in March 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,653,971 employed persons for the month. Chicago lost 38,400 jobs in March 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 13,183 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chicago job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,740,700 -38,400 -15,600
CPS 4,653,971 -13,183 -22,458

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 4,783,900. Since then 43,200 jobs have been lost in Chicago according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 4,682,560 for Chicago in January 2019. 28,589 jobs have been lost in Chicago since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2020

Chicago, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2020 4,740,700 -38,400 4,653,971 -13,183
February 2020 4,779,100 -4,800 4,667,154 -2,628
January 2020 4,783,900 14,400 4,669,782 -4,959
December 2019 4,769,500 9,700 4,674,741 -2,139
November 2019 4,759,800 -4,300 4,676,880 -1,118
October 2019 4,764,100 5,800 4,677,998 -184
September 2019 4,758,300 -4,400 4,678,182 1,589
August 2019 4,762,700 -4,600 4,676,593 2,877
July 2019 4,767,300 900 4,673,716 2,315
June 2019 4,766,400 3,800 4,671,401 689
May 2019 4,762,600 3,700 4,670,712 -1,844
April 2019 4,758,900 2,600 4,672,556 -3,873