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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 833,800 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 775,204 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee added 6,800 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 5,043 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 833,800 +6,800 +28,800
CPS 775,204 +5,043 +33,631

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

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CES employment for Milwaukee peaked in January 2020 at 877,600. Since then 43,800 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 758,200 in April 2020, Milwaukee has gained 75,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 797,802 for Milwaukee in August 2017. 22,598 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 678,701, Milwaukee has added 96,503 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 833,800 6,800 775,204 5,043
June 2021 827,000 4,200 770,161 3,922
May 2021 822,800 2,200 766,239 2,470
April 2021 820,600 2,300 763,769 580
March 2021 818,300 1,000 763,189 -648
February 2021 817,300 1,500 763,837 -771
January 2021 815,800 2,600 764,608 -365
December 2020 813,200 1,700 764,973 2,573
November 2020 811,500 -5,900 762,400 2,911
October 2020 817,400 -100 759,489 -12,741
September 2020 817,500 4,600 772,230 21,650
August 2020 812,900 7,900 750,580 9,007