Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 148,700 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 161,103 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo lost 100 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 126 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 148,700 -100 +900
CPS 161,103 -126 -2,121

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 2,600 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 134,300 in September 2010, Kalamazoo has gained 14,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,604 for Kalamazoo in September 2000. 6,501 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a December 2012 low of 146,428, Kalamazoo has added 14,675 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 148,700 -100 161,103 -126
January 2018 148,800 200 161,229 -876
December 2017 148,600 300 162,105 -14
November 2017 148,300 0 162,119 4
October 2017 148,300 400 162,115 -429
September 2017 147,900 0 162,544 968
August 2017 147,900 700 161,576 -441
July 2017 147,200 -900 162,017 -254
June 2017 148,100 300 162,271 -5
May 2017 147,800 100 162,276 -967
April 2017 147,700 0 163,243 170
March 2017 147,700 -100 163,073 -151