Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 2,860,300 jobs in Wisconsin in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,965,287 employed persons for the month. Wisconsin added 3,600 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 9,305 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Wisconsin job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,860,300 +3,600 +218,600
CPS 2,965,287 +9,305 +229,016

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 137,500 jobs have been lost in Wisconsin according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,590,000 in April 2020, Wisconsin has gained 270,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Wisconsin reached a maximum of 3,027,959 in July 2017. 62,672 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 357,295 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 2,860,300 3,600 2,965,287 9,305
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
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