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Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 129,600 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 128,725 employed persons for the month. Rockford added 1,000 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 7,083 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 129,600 +1,000 -20,300
CPS 128,725 +7,083 -28,686

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 36,100 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 128,600 in April 2020, Rockford has gained 1,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 166,018 for Rockford in October 2007. 37,293 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 121,642, Rockford has added 7,083 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 129,600 1,000 128,725 7,083
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
November 2019 148,600 -1,200 155,948 -307
October 2019 149,800 300 156,255 -253
September 2019 149,500 -900 156,508 -155
August 2019 150,400 700 156,663 -126
July 2019 149,700 -700 156,789 -231
June 2019 150,400 500 157,020 -391