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Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 142,200 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 154,598 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo added 500 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 612 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 142,200 +500 +5,000
CPS 154,598 +612 -130

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 February 2020 at 151,800. Since then 9,600 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 122,400 in April 2020, Kalamazoo has gained 19,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,711 for Kalamazoo in November 2000. 13,113 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 128,120, Kalamazoo has added 26,478 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 142,200 500 154,598 612
June 2021 141,700 1,100 153,986 170
May 2021 140,600 1,900 153,816 -58
April 2021 138,700 -500 153,874 -452
March 2021 139,200 600 154,326 -402
February 2021 138,600 500 154,728 -522
January 2021 138,100 2,000 155,250 -160
December 2020 136,100 -3,000 155,410 41
November 2020 139,100 -400 155,369 -10
October 2020 139,500 500 155,379 21
September 2020 139,000 -100 155,358 201
August 2020 139,100 1,900 155,157 429