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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 811,700 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 778,592 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee lost 4,900 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 170 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 811,700 -4,900 -63,400
CPS 778,592 +170 -9,676

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 67,100 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 758,700 in April 2020, Milwaukee has gained 53,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 800,798 for Milwaukee in August 2017. 22,206 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 701,211, Milwaukee has added 77,381 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 811,700 -4,900 778,592 170
October 2020 816,600 -800 778,422 -5,982
September 2020 817,400 3,500 784,404 24,034
August 2020 813,900 5,800 760,370 18,123
July 2020 808,100 8,000 742,247 5
June 2020 800,100 26,800 742,242 20,431
May 2020 773,300 14,600 721,811 20,600
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