Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 147,200 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 159,952 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo lost 300 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 291 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 147,200 -300 +3,700
CPS 159,952 +291 +5,233

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 January 2020 at 151,800. Since then 4,600 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 122,600 in April 2020, Kalamazoo has gained 24,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,711 for Kalamazoo in November 2000. 7,759 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 128,732, Kalamazoo has added 31,220 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 147,200 -300 159,952 291
August 2022 147,500 300 159,661 209
July 2022 147,200 -100 159,452 435
June 2022 147,300 100 159,017 321
May 2022 147,200 200 158,696 797
April 2022 147,000 300 157,899 681
March 2022 146,700 400 157,218 914
February 2022 146,300 200 156,304 430
January 2022 146,100 700 155,874 674
December 2021 145,400 100 155,200 -32
November 2021 145,300 1,000 155,232 100
October 2021 144,300 800 155,132 413