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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Job Growth

There were 4,747,900 jobs in Chicago, Illinois in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,690,963 employed persons for the month. Chicago added 14,900 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 20,122 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chicago job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,747,900 +14,900 +39,000
CPS 4,690,963 +20,122 +7,705

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 October 2018 is at a new high of 4,747,900.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 4,700,840 for Chicago in March 2018. 9,877 jobs have been lost in Chicago since then according to the household survey. From a September 2018 low of 4,670,841, Chicago has added 20,122 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Chicago, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 4,747,900 14,900 4,690,963 20,122
September 2018 4,733,000 -3,500 4,670,841 -12,488
August 2018 4,736,500 -600 4,683,329 -3,635
July 2018 4,737,100 100 4,686,964 11,412
June 2018 4,737,000 10,800 4,675,552 -3,642
May 2018 4,726,200 5,100 4,679,194 -6,866
April 2018 4,721,100 200 4,686,060 -14,780
March 2018 4,720,900 1,600 4,700,840 16,915
February 2018 4,719,300 11,400 4,683,925 25,365
January 2018 4,707,900 500 4,658,560 -23,862
December 2017 4,707,400 -400 4,682,422 -955
November 2017 4,707,800 -1,100 4,683,377 119