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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 832,000 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 785,932 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee added 400 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,505 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 832,000 +400 +20,500
CPS 785,932 +2,505 +23,532

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 877,600. Since then 45,600 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 758,200 in April 2020, Milwaukee has gained 73,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 797,802 for Milwaukee in August 2017. 11,870 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 678,701, Milwaukee has added 107,231 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 832,000 400 785,932 2,505
October 2021 831,600 1,500 783,427 2,734
September 2021 830,100 1,100 780,693 3,190
August 2021 829,000 -4,700 777,503 2,487
July 2021 833,700 6,700 775,016 4,855
June 2021 827,000 4,200 770,161 3,922
May 2021 822,800 2,200 766,239 2,470
April 2021 820,600 2,300 763,769 580
March 2021 818,300 1,000 763,189 -648
February 2021 817,300 1,500 763,837 -771
January 2021 815,800 2,600 764,608 -365
December 2020 813,200 1,700 764,973 2,573