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Decatur, Illinois Job Growth

There were 46,600 jobs in Decatur, Illinois in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 42,550 employed persons for the month. Decatur added 200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 255 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Decatur job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 46,600 +200 -3,700
CPS 42,550 -255 -3,422

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Decatur, Illinois Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Decatur 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 Decatur, Illinois

CES employment for Decatur peaked in April 2000 at 60,900. Since then 14,300 jobs have been lost in Decatur according to the employer survey. From a trough of 44,700 in May 2020, Decatur has gained 1,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 54,705 for Decatur in April 2000. 12,155 jobs have been lost in Decatur since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 35,850, Decatur has added 6,700 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Decatur, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 46,600 200 42,550 -255
January 2021 46,400 0 42,805 -239
December 2020 46,400 -100 43,044 -222
November 2020 46,500 -100 43,266 -2,297
October 2020 46,600 -100 45,563 2,005
September 2020 46,700 -300 43,558 -108
August 2020 47,000 700 43,666 2,943
July 2020 46,300 1,100 40,723 -66
June 2020 45,200 500 40,789 2,913
May 2020 44,700 -200 37,876 2,026
April 2020 44,900 -5,000 35,850 -7,781
March 2020 49,900 -400 43,631 -2,341