Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth
There were 4,182,700 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,066,347 employed persons for the month. Chicago added 34,700 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 192,130 (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 January 2020 at 4,783,900. Since then 601,200 jobs have been lost in Chicago according to the employer survey. From a trough of 4,148,000 in April 2020, Chicago has gained 34,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.
CPS employment reached a maximum of 4,682,560 for Chicago in January 2019. 616,213 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 192,130 jobs according to the CPS survey.
Employment: CES, CPS
Chicago, Illinois Employment History