Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 2,978,700 jobs in Wisconsin in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,068,723 employed persons for the month. Wisconsin lost 3,500 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 6,643 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Wisconsin job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,978,700 -3,500 +31,500
CPS 3,068,723 -6,643 +10,748

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 August 2018 for Wisconsin at 2,986,300. Since then 7,600 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in Wisconsin reached a maximum of 3,091,976 in June 2018. 23,253 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 2,978,700 -3,500 3,068,723 -6,643
September 2018 2,982,200 -4,100 3,075,366 -7,612
August 2018 2,986,300 1,600 3,082,978 -7,055
July 2018 2,984,700 8,400 3,090,033 -1,943
June 2018 2,976,300 7,600 3,091,976 1,368
May 2018 2,968,700 100 3,090,608 4,713
April 2018 2,968,600 -4,900 3,085,895 7,857
March 2018 2,973,500 6,400 3,078,038 9,678
February 2018 2,967,100 5,600 3,068,360 7,543
January 2018 2,961,500 8,200 3,060,817 3,421
December 2017 2,953,300 7,100 3,057,396 -334
November 2017 2,946,200 -1,000 3,057,730 -245