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Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan Job Growth

There were 145,200 jobs in Kalamazoo, Michigan in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 154,713 employed persons for the month. Kalamazoo added 1,200 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 80 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Kalamazoo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 145,200 +1,200 +6,100
CPS 154,713 +80 -656

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 6,600 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 122,400 in April 2020, Kalamazoo has gained 22,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 167,711 for Kalamazoo in November 2000. 12,998 jobs have been lost in Kalamazoo since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 128,120, Kalamazoo has added 26,593 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Kalamazoo, Michigan Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 145,200 1,200 154,713 80
October 2021 144,000 1,000 154,633 -105
September 2021 143,000 500 154,738 -28
August 2021 142,500 500 154,766 326
July 2021 142,000 300 154,440 454
June 2021 141,700 1,100 153,986 170
May 2021 140,600 1,900 153,816 -58
April 2021 138,700 -500 153,874 -452
March 2021 139,200 600 154,326 -402
February 2021 138,600 500 154,728 -522
January 2021 138,100 2,000 155,250 -160
December 2020 136,100 -3,000 155,410 41