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La Crosse-Onalaska, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 73,300 jobs in La Crosse, Wisconsin in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 73,350 employed persons for the month. La Crosse lost 200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 23 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare La Crosse job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 73,300 -200 -5,200
CPS 73,350 +23 -1,112

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 November 2016 at 79,300. Since then 6,000 jobs have been lost in La Crosse according to the employer survey. From a trough of 66,600 in April 2020, La Crosse has gained 6,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 76,174 for La Crosse in February 2017. 2,824 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 8,632 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

La Crosse, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 73,300 -200 73,350 23
October 2020 73,500 -500 73,327 -1,070
September 2020 74,000 1,100 74,397 3,270
August 2020 72,900 300 71,127 1,587
July 2020 72,600 500 69,540 194
June 2020 72,100 4,200 69,346 2,872
May 2020 67,900 1,300 66,474 1,756
April 2020 66,600 -11,600 64,718 -9,467
March 2020 78,200 -200 74,185 -50
February 2020 78,400 -100 74,235 -147
January 2020 78,500 0 74,382 -100
December 2019 78,500 0 74,482 20