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Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 145,400 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 150,385 employed persons for the month. Rockford lost 200 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 45 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 145,400 -200 +6,600
CPS 150,385 +45 +6,382

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 20,300 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 128,199 in April 2020, Rockford has gained 17,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 165,066 for Rockford in August 2007. 14,681 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 121,912, Rockford has added 28,473 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 145,400 -200 150,385 45
August 2022 145,600 -400 150,340 692
July 2022 146,000 1,100 149,648 973
June 2022 144,900 400 148,675 279
May 2022 144,500 100 148,396 -275
April 2022 144,400 -300 148,671 -49
March 2022 144,700 300 148,720 -12
February 2022 144,400 700 148,732 261
January 2022 143,700 500 148,471 323
December 2021 143,200 800 148,148 -3
November 2021 142,400 3,000 148,151 4,077
October 2021 139,400 600 144,074 71