Department of Numbers

Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 153,900 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in August 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 159,334 employed persons for the month. Rockford lost 100 jobs in August 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 118 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 153,900 -100 +1,600
CPS 159,334 +118 +1,743

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 11,800 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 142,200 in July 2009, Rockford has gained 11,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 166,018 for Rockford in October 2007. 6,684 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 142,967, Rockford has added 16,367 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2019

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2019 153,900 -100 159,334 118
July 2019 154,000 -500 159,216 253
June 2019 154,500 300 158,963 440
May 2019 154,200 -400 158,523 315
April 2019 154,600 400 158,208 468
March 2019 154,200 400 157,740 292
February 2019 153,800 -1,200 157,448 434
January 2019 155,000 1,100 157,014 -665
December 2018 153,900 0 157,679 28
November 2018 153,900 400 157,651 50
October 2018 153,500 2,100 157,601 41
September 2018 151,400 -900 157,560 -31