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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 841,200 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 792,637 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee lost 1,400 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 183 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 841,200 -1,400 +13,600
CPS 792,637 -183 +15,087

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 2020 at 877,700. Since then 36,500 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 756,800 in April 2020, Milwaukee has gained 84,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 802,988 for Milwaukee in July 2017. 10,351 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 690,280, Milwaukee has added 102,357 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 841,200 -1,400 792,637 -183
March 2022 842,600 3,000 792,820 -121
February 2022 839,600 7,400 792,941 -497
January 2022 832,200 -4,000 793,438 -168
December 2021 836,200 2,300 793,606 -265
November 2021 833,900 500 793,871 99
October 2021 833,400 -1,200 793,772 1,671
September 2021 834,600 -900 792,101 2,514
August 2021 835,500 -1,700 789,587 3,087
July 2021 837,200 11,200 786,500 3,405
June 2021 826,000 -1,800 783,095 3,012
May 2021 827,800 200 780,083 2,533