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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Job Growth

There were 816,200 jobs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 757,435 employed persons for the month. Milwaukee added 400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 203 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Milwaukee job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 816,200 +400 -61,200
CPS 757,435 -203 -31,944

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 61,400 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 758,200 in April 2020, Milwaukee has gained 58,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 800,798 for Milwaukee in August 2017. 43,363 jobs have been lost in Milwaukee since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 701,211, Milwaukee has added 56,224 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 816,200 400 757,435 -203
January 2021 815,800 2,600 757,638 -7,584
December 2020 813,200 1,700 765,222 -7,328
November 2020 811,500 -5,900 772,550 -5,872
October 2020 817,400 -100 778,422 -5,982
September 2020 817,500 4,600 784,404 24,034
August 2020 812,900 7,900 760,370 18,123
July 2020 805,000 13,800 742,247 5
June 2020 791,200 23,200 742,242 20,431
May 2020 768,000 9,800 721,811 20,600
April 2020 758,200 -112,400 701,211 -87,835
March 2020 870,600 -6,800 789,046 -333