Department of Numbers

Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 153,700 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 158,624 employed persons for the month. Rockford lost 1,300 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 621 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 153,700 -1,300 -600
CPS 158,624 +621 +706

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 12,000 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 142,200 in July 2009, Rockford has gained 11,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 166,275 for Rockford in October 2007. 7,651 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 142,703, Rockford has added 15,921 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 153,700 -1,300 158,624 621
January 2019 155,000 1,100 158,003 951
December 2018 153,900 0 157,052 297
November 2018 153,900 400 156,755 -3,007
October 2018 153,500 2,100 159,762 819
September 2018 151,400 -900 158,943 1,793
August 2018 152,300 100 157,150 -749
July 2018 152,200 -600 157,899 -244
June 2018 152,800 100 158,143 -1,004
May 2018 152,700 -300 159,147 -336
April 2018 153,000 -900 159,483 399
March 2018 153,900 -400 159,084 1,166