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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 879,200 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 798,517 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee added 400 jobs in August 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 497 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 879,200 +400 +5,400
CPS 798,517 -497 +1,875

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 February 2019 at 882,200. Since then 3,000 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 878,700 in June 2019, Milwaukee has gained 500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 802,611 for Milwaukee in August 2017. 4,094 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey. From a November 2018 low of 795,633, Milwaukee has added 2,884 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2019 879,200 400 798,517 -497
July 2019 878,800 100 799,014 -50
June 2019 878,700 -800 799,064 -644
May 2019 879,500 700 799,708 -704
April 2019 878,800 -300 800,412 1,163
March 2019 879,100 -3,100 799,249 1,540
February 2019 882,200 1,400 797,709 1,913
January 2019 880,800 2,300 795,796 145
December 2018 878,500 6,200 795,651 18
November 2018 872,300 -1,200 795,633 -159
October 2018 873,500 500 795,792 -436
September 2018 873,000 -800 796,228 -414