Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 2,979,500 jobs in Wisconsin in November 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,016,698 employed persons for the month. Wisconsin lost 2,900 jobs in November 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 2,208 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Wisconsin job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,979,500 -2,900 +6,500
CPS 3,016,698 -2,208 -14,732

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 January 2019 for Wisconsin at 2,988,600. Since then 9,100 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,978,700 in August 2019, Wisconsin has gained 800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Wisconsin reached a maximum of 3,049,287 in February 2018. 32,589 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2019

Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2019 2,979,500 -2,900 3,016,698 -2,208
October 2019 2,982,400 1,900 3,018,906 -1,525
September 2019 2,980,500 1,800 3,020,431 -3,764
August 2019 2,978,700 -2,900 3,024,195 -1,195
July 2019 2,981,600 -4,700 3,025,390 -3,355
June 2019 2,986,300 3,300 3,028,745 -4,598
May 2019 2,983,000 2,700 3,033,343 -6,026
April 2019 2,980,300 -500 3,039,369 726
March 2019 2,980,800 -4,100 3,038,643 2,603
February 2019 2,984,900 -3,700 3,036,040 2,498
January 2019 2,988,600 4,100 3,033,542 1,562
December 2018 2,984,500 11,500 3,031,980 550