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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 853,900 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in January 2023 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 779,401 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee lost 1,400 jobs in January 2023 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 419 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 853,900 -1,400 +7,400
CPS 779,401 -419 -14,037

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 June 2000 at 877,300. Since then 23,400 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 756,600 in April 2020, Milwaukee has gained 97,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 802,988 for Milwaukee in July 2017. 23,587 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 690,280, Milwaukee has added 89,121 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2023

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2023 853,900 -1,400 779,401 -419
December 2022 855,300 2,100 779,820 -1,093
November 2022 853,200 -800 780,913 -3,254
October 2022 854,000 -2,500 784,167 -2,828
September 2022 856,500 1,700 786,995 -2,364
August 2022 854,800 1,500 789,359 -1,150
July 2022 853,300 2,800 790,509 -1,430
June 2022 850,500 -1,300 791,939 -695
May 2022 851,800 1,000 792,634 6
April 2022 850,800 -2,200 792,628 -192
March 2022 853,000 3,700 792,820 -121
February 2022 849,300 2,800 792,941 -497