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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 874,000 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 800,773 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee added 900 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,700 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 874,000 +900 +8,400
CPS 800,773 -1,700 -2,903

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 April 2018 at 878,300. Since then 4,300 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 872,100 in August 2018, Milwaukee has gained 1,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 817,015 for Milwaukee in March 2018. 16,242 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 874,000 900 800,773 -1,700
September 2018 873,100 1,000 802,473 -3,127
August 2018 872,100 -2,000 805,600 -3,032
July 2018 874,100 1,900 808,632 928
June 2018 872,200 -2,200 807,704 -3,604
May 2018 874,400 -3,900 811,308 -4,976
April 2018 878,300 600 816,284 -731
March 2018 877,700 1,300 817,015 3,621
February 2018 876,400 2,100 813,394 7,281
January 2018 874,300 4,300 806,113 5,090
December 2017 870,000 2,800 801,023 -840
November 2017 867,200 1,600 801,863 -1,813