Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth
There were 4,390,400 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,268,492 employed persons for the month. Chicago added 10,000 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 3,416 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chicago job growth to job growth in other cities.
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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 February 2020 at 4,800,000. Since then 409,600 jobs have been lost in Chicago according to the employer survey. From a trough of 4,120,700 in April 2020, Chicago has gained 269,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.
CPS employment reached a maximum of 4,682,560 for Chicago in January 2019. 414,068 jobs have been lost in Chicago since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,874,217, Chicago has added 394,275 jobs according to the CPS survey.
Employment: CES, CPS
Chicago, Illinois Employment History