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Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 150,300 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 164,143 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo lost 300 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,158 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 150,300 -300 +1,300
CPS 164,143 +1,158 +2,698

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Kalamazoo 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 Kalamazoo, Michigan

CES employment for Kalamazoo peaked in August 2000 at 151,300. Since then 1,000 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 134,300 in September 2010, Kalamazoo has gained 16,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,604 for Kalamazoo in September 2000. 3,461 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a January 2013 low of 146,236, Kalamazoo has added 17,907 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 150,300 -300 164,143 1,158
January 2019 150,600 400 162,985 1,591
December 2018 150,200 200 161,394 -223
November 2018 150,000 100 161,617 92
October 2018 149,900 500 161,525 26
September 2018 149,400 -400 161,499 -423
August 2018 149,800 400 161,922 -745
July 2018 149,400 -1,000 162,667 313
June 2018 150,400 300 162,354 -71
May 2018 150,100 700 162,425 491
April 2018 149,400 200 161,934 147
March 2018 149,200 200 161,787 342