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Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 151,900 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 158,079 employed persons for the month. Rockford added 100 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,186 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 151,900 +100 +6,500
CPS 158,079 +1,186 +2,902

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 13,800 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 142,200 in July 2009, Rockford has gained 9,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 166,275 for Rockford in October 2007. 8,196 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 142,703, Rockford has added 15,376 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 151,900 100 158,079 1,186
January 2018 151,800 -100 156,893 1,802
December 2017 151,900 800 155,091 861
November 2017 151,100 -300 154,230 324
October 2017 151,400 600 153,906 465
September 2017 150,800 0 153,441 -725
August 2017 150,800 0 154,166 -570
July 2017 150,800 -300 154,736 679
June 2017 151,100 600 154,057 201
May 2017 150,500 500 153,856 -933
April 2017 150,000 4,600 154,789 -725
March 2017 145,400 0 155,514 337