Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 2,766,400 jobs in Wisconsin in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,965,087 employed persons for the month. Wisconsin lost 3,900 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 9,868 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Wisconsin job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,766,400 -3,900 -207,700
CPS 2,965,087 +9,868 -35,552

Wisconsin Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Wisconsin 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 in Wisconsin

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for Wisconsin at 2,993,700. Since then 227,300 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,518,100 in April 2020, Wisconsin has gained 248,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Wisconsin reached a maximum of 3,037,272 in October 2017. 72,185 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,633,090, Wisconsin has added 331,997 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 2,766,400 -3,900 2,965,087 9,868
October 2020 2,770,300 -12,100 2,955,219 -19,642
September 2020 2,782,400 25,200 2,974,861 112,279
August 2020 2,757,200 36,700 2,862,582 51,868
July 2020 2,720,500 29,300 2,810,714 12,543
June 2020 2,691,200 101,700 2,798,171 71,583
May 2020 2,589,500 71,400 2,726,588 93,498
April 2020 2,518,100 -449,700 2,633,090 -359,398
March 2020 2,967,800 -25,900 2,992,488 -7,451
February 2020 2,993,700 600 2,999,939 -572
January 2020 2,993,100 5,600 3,000,511 -58
December 2019 2,987,500 13,400 3,000,569 -70