Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 151,000 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in April 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 163,983 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo added 300 jobs in April 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 482 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 151,000 +300 +1,600
CPS 163,983 +482 +1,506

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 300 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 134,300 in September 2010, Kalamazoo has gained 16,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,798 for Kalamazoo in October 2000. 3,815 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a December 2012 low of 146,425, Kalamazoo has added 17,558 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2019

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2019 151,000 300 163,983 482
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
October 2018 149,900 500 162,231 -39
September 2018 149,400 -400 162,270 -95
August 2018 149,800 400 162,365 -132
July 2018 149,400 -1,000 162,497 -80
June 2018 150,400 300 162,577 -2
May 2018 150,100 700 162,579 102