Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 2,876,800 jobs in Wisconsin in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,987,259 employed persons for the month. Wisconsin lost 10,400 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 4,467 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Wisconsin job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,876,800 -10,400 +63,200
CPS 2,987,259 +4,467 +122,583

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 121,000 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,590,000 in April 2020, Wisconsin has gained 286,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Wisconsin reached a maximum of 3,027,959 in July 2017. 40,700 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 379,267 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 2,876,800 -10,400 2,987,259 4,467
July 2021 2,887,200 16,500 2,982,792 9,572
June 2021 2,870,700 9,900 2,973,220 8,039
May 2021 2,860,800 4,100 2,965,181 9,199
April 2021 2,856,700 8,700 2,955,982 7,034
March 2021 2,848,000 11,100 2,948,948 6,091
February 2021 2,836,900 -800 2,942,857 3,034
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