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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth

There were 4,718,500 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,682,537 employed persons for the month. Chicago added 10,600 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 31,286 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chicago job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,718,500 +10,600 +26,900
CPS 4,682,537 +31,286 +31,352

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 February 2018 is at a new high of 4,718,500.

CPS employment in February 2018 for Chicago is at a new high of 4,682,537.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Chicago, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 4,718,500 10,600 4,682,537 31,286
January 2018 4,707,900 500 4,651,251 -2,622
December 2017 4,707,400 -400 4,653,873 9,138
November 2017 4,707,800 -1,100 4,644,735 18,676
October 2017 4,708,900 2,300 4,626,059 -1,921
September 2017 4,706,600 4,100 4,627,980 -1,782
August 2017 4,702,500 4,900 4,629,762 -22,215
July 2017 4,697,600 -600 4,651,977 -1,936
June 2017 4,698,200 5,800 4,653,913 12,758
May 2017 4,692,400 3,300 4,641,155 3,126
April 2017 4,689,100 -10,800 4,638,029 -25,492
March 2017 4,699,900 8,300 4,663,521 12,336