Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 150,900 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in October 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 163,129 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo added 600 jobs in October 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 234 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 150,900 +600 +1,000
CPS 163,129 -234 +898

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 400 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 134,300 in September 2010, Kalamazoo has gained 16,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,798 for Kalamazoo in October 2000. 4,669 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a December 2012 low of 146,425, Kalamazoo has added 16,704 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2019

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2019 150,900 600 163,129 -234
September 2019 150,300 1,100 163,363 -261
August 2019 149,200 400 163,624 -264
July 2019 148,800 -1,800 163,888 -354
June 2019 150,600 -300 164,242 121
May 2019 150,900 400 164,121 270
April 2019 150,500 -200 163,851 350
March 2019 150,700 400 163,501 363
February 2019 150,300 -300 163,138 516
January 2019 150,600 400 162,622 345
December 2018 150,200 200 162,277 28
November 2018 150,000 100 162,249 18