Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 2,833,200 jobs in Wisconsin in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,942,805 employed persons for the month. Wisconsin lost 4,500 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 2,982 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Wisconsin job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,833,200 -4,500 -164,600
CPS 2,942,805 +2,982 -31,428

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 2,997,800. Since then 164,600 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,590,000 in April 2020, Wisconsin has gained 243,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Wisconsin reached a maximum of 3,027,959 in July 2017. 85,154 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,607,992, Wisconsin has added 334,813 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 2,833,200 -4,500 2,942,805 2,982
January 2021 2,837,700 6,600 2,939,823 7,594
December 2020 2,831,100 14,500 2,932,229 10,984
November 2020 2,816,600 -4,700 2,921,245 12,928
October 2020 2,821,300 -5,200 2,908,317 -57,069
September 2020 2,826,500 12,900 2,965,386 100,710
August 2020 2,813,600 34,300 2,864,676 34,753
July 2020 2,779,300 51,200 2,829,923 43,438
June 2020 2,728,100 86,400 2,786,485 50,214
May 2020 2,641,700 51,700 2,736,271 128,279
April 2020 2,590,000 -388,800 2,607,992 -358,532
March 2020 2,978,800 -19,000 2,966,524 -7,709