Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 139,000 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 152,024 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo added 900 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 325 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 139,000 +900 -12,800
CPS 152,024 +325 -12,158

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 12,800 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 122,400 in April 2020, Kalamazoo has gained 16,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,798 for Kalamazoo in October 2000. 15,774 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 126,948, Kalamazoo has added 25,076 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 139,000 900 152,024 325
January 2021 138,100 2,000 151,699 -1,069
December 2020 136,100 -3,000 152,768 -5,382
November 2020 139,100 -400 158,150 -2,910
October 2020 139,500 500 161,060 124
September 2020 139,000 -100 160,936 -169
August 2020 139,100 1,900 161,105 2,507
July 2020 137,200 4,300 158,598 3,249
June 2020 132,900 6,300 155,349 12,851
May 2020 126,600 4,200 142,498 15,550
April 2020 122,400 -28,900 126,948 -32,650
March 2020 151,300 -500 159,598 -4,584