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Rockford, Illinois Job Growth

There were 138,600 jobs in Rockford, Illinois in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 142,539 employed persons for the month. Rockford lost 400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,008 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rockford job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 138,600 -400 -10,400
CPS 142,539 -1,008 -11,362

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 27,100 jobs have been lost in Rockford according to the employer survey. From a trough of 127,700 in April 2020, Rockford has gained 10,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 166,018 for Rockford in October 2007. 23,479 jobs have been lost in Rockford since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 121,642, Rockford has added 20,897 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Rockford, Illinois Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 138,600 -400 142,539 -1,008
January 2021 139,000 1,200 143,547 -508
December 2020 137,800 -300 144,055 -366
November 2020 138,100 -800 144,421 -7,619
October 2020 138,900 -400 152,040 5,852
September 2020 139,300 1,300 146,188 221
August 2020 138,000 1,900 145,967 7,815
July 2020 136,100 3,200 138,152 48
June 2020 132,900 4,300 138,104 9,399
May 2020 128,600 900 128,705 7,063
April 2020 127,700 -20,000 121,642 -23,724
March 2020 147,700 -1,300 145,366 -8,535