Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth
There were 4,419,100 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,321,383 employed persons for the month. Chicago lost 5,300 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 12,062 (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 380,900 jobs have been lost in Chicago according to the employer survey. From a trough of 4,120,700 in April 2020, Chicago has gained 298,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.
CPS employment reached a maximum of 4,682,950 for Chicago in December 2018. 361,567 jobs have been lost in Chicago since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 3,786,484, Chicago has added 534,899 jobs according to the CPS survey.
Employment: CES, CPS
Chicago, Illinois Employment History