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Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 136,600 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 144,078 employed persons for the month. Rockford lost 1,200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 7,962 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 136,600 -1,200 -12,000
CPS 144,078 -7,962 -11,870

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 29,100 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 128,600 in April 2020, Rockford has gained 8,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 166,018 for Rockford in October 2007. 21,940 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 121,642, Rockford has added 22,436 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 136,600 -1,200 144,078 -7,962
October 2020 137,800 -100 152,040 5,852
September 2020 137,900 -200 146,188 221
August 2020 138,100 1,200 145,967 7,815
July 2020 136,900 3,800 138,152 48
June 2020 133,100 3,500 138,104 9,399
May 2020 129,600 1,000 128,705 7,063
April 2020 128,600 -17,100 121,642 -23,724
March 2020 145,700 -1,300 145,366 -8,535
February 2020 147,000 -600 153,901 -1,148
January 2020 147,600 -300 155,049 -551
December 2019 147,900 -700 155,600 -348