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Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 139,800 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 158,894 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo lost 1,100 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 2,166 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 139,800 -1,100 -11,100
CPS 158,894 -2,166 -4,196

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 11,500 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 120,100 in April 2020, Kalamazoo has gained 19,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,798 for Kalamazoo in October 2000. 8,904 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 126,948, Kalamazoo has added 31,946 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 139,800 -1,100 158,894 -2,166
October 2020 140,900 1,100 161,060 124
September 2020 139,800 -600 160,936 -169
August 2020 140,400 3,100 161,105 2,507
July 2020 137,300 2,700 158,598 3,249
June 2020 134,600 6,800 155,349 12,851
May 2020 127,800 7,700 142,498 15,550
April 2020 120,100 -29,500 126,948 -32,650
March 2020 149,600 -1,400 159,598 -4,584
February 2020 151,000 -300 164,182 743
January 2020 151,300 100 163,439 121
December 2019 151,200 300 163,318 228