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La Crosse-Onalaska, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 74,900 jobs in La Crosse, Wisconsin in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 73,262 employed persons for the month. La Crosse lost 400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 9 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare La Crosse job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 74,900 -400 -3,900
CPS 73,262 +9 -973

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

La Crosse, Wisconsin Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for La Crosse 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 for La Crosse, Wisconsin

CES employment for La Crosse peaked in February 2018 at 79,400. Since then 4,500 jobs have been lost in La Crosse according to the employer survey. From a trough of 66,700 in April 2020, La Crosse has gained 8,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 76,174 for La Crosse in February 2017. 2,912 jobs have been lost in La Crosse since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 64,718, La Crosse has added 8,544 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

La Crosse, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 74,900 -400 73,262 9
January 2021 75,300 700 73,253 62
December 2020 74,600 800 73,191 -41
November 2020 73,800 -400 73,232 -95
October 2020 74,200 -300 73,327 -1,070
September 2020 74,500 700 74,397 3,270
August 2020 73,800 600 71,127 1,587
July 2020 73,200 2,200 69,540 194
June 2020 71,000 2,400 69,346 2,872
May 2020 68,600 1,900 66,474 1,756
April 2020 66,700 -11,800 64,718 -9,467
March 2020 78,500 -300 74,185 -50