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Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 135,700 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 141,884 employed persons for the month. Rockford added 600 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 3,361 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 135,700 +600 -400
CPS 141,884 +3,361 +5,697

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

Rockford, Illinois Employment Changes

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

CES employment for Rockford peaked in July 2000 at 165,700. Since then 30,000 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 127,700 in April 2020, Rockford has gained 8,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 165,066 for Rockford in August 2007. 23,182 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 123,534, Rockford has added 18,350 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 135,700 600 141,884 3,361
June 2021 135,100 600 138,523 188
May 2021 134,500 -900 138,335 -75
April 2021 135,400 -4,400 138,410 -4,072
March 2021 139,800 1,600 142,482 -157
February 2021 138,200 -800 142,639 -774
January 2021 139,000 1,200 143,413 -319
December 2020 137,800 -300 143,732 762
November 2020 138,100 -800 142,970 -9,163
October 2020 138,900 -400 152,133 5,599
September 2020 139,300 1,300 146,534 1,746
August 2020 138,000 1,900 144,788 8,601