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Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 152,500 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 159,789 employed persons for the month. Rockford added 600 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 846 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 152,500 +600 +1,100
CPS 159,789 +846 +4,381

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 13,200 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 142,200 in July 2009, Rockford has gained 10,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 166,275 for Rockford in October 2007. 6,486 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 142,703, Rockford has added 17,086 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 152,500 600 159,789 846
September 2018 151,900 500 158,943 1,793
August 2018 151,400 100 157,150 -749
July 2018 151,300 300 157,899 -244
June 2018 151,000 -200 158,143 -1,004
May 2018 151,200 -300 159,147 -336
April 2018 151,500 0 159,483 399
March 2018 151,500 0 159,084 1,166
February 2018 151,500 -300 157,918 969
January 2018 151,800 -100 156,949 533
December 2017 151,900 800 156,416 587
November 2017 151,100 -300 155,829 421