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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 773,300 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 728,846 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee added 14,600 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 27,635 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 773,300 +14,600 -101,700
CPS 728,846 +27,635 -60,057

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 878,800. Since then 105,500 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 758,700 in April 2020, Milwaukee has gained 14,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 800,798 for Milwaukee in August 2017. 71,952 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 701,211, Milwaukee has added 27,635 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 773,300 14,600 728,846 27,635
April 2020 758,700 -111,200 701,211 -87,835
March 2020 869,900 -6,600 789,046 -333
February 2020 876,500 -2,300 789,379 616
January 2020 878,800 1,400 788,763 612
December 2019 877,400 2,300 788,151 -117
November 2019 875,100 1,000 788,268 -76
October 2019 874,100 2,900 788,344 5
September 2019 871,200 -2,000 788,339 123
August 2019 873,200 -1,300 788,216 72
July 2019 874,500 -400 788,144 -247
June 2019 874,900 -100 788,391 -512