Department of Numbers

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 149,700 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 161,474 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo added 700 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 25 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 149,700 +700 +1,400
CPS 161,474 -25 +1,101

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 1,600 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 134,300 in September 2010, Kalamazoo has gained 15,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,604 for Kalamazoo in September 2000. 6,130 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a January 2013 low of 146,236, Kalamazoo has added 15,238 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 149,700 700 161,474 -25
September 2018 149,000 -1,000 161,499 -423
August 2018 150,000 100 161,922 -745
July 2018 149,900 300 162,667 313
June 2018 149,600 0 162,354 -71
May 2018 149,600 800 162,425 491
April 2018 148,800 -400 161,934 147
March 2018 149,200 200 161,787 342
February 2018 149,000 200 161,445 500
January 2018 148,800 200 160,945 208
December 2017 148,600 300 160,737 267
November 2017 148,300 0 160,470 97