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22-1368-CHI
Friday, July 08, 2022

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Chicago Area Employment — May 2022

Total nonfarm employment for the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, metropolitan area increased 212,100 over the year in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1 and table 1.) Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that the local rate of job gain, 4.7 percent, compared to the 4.5-percent national rise. (All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)


Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, is made up of four metropolitan divisions—separately identifiable employment centers within the greater metropolitan area. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL, with 80 percent of the metropolitan area’s total nonfarm employment, gained 182,600 jobs over the year. Elgin, IL (5 percent of the area’s employment), gained 11,000 jobs and employment in Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI (9 percent of the area’s employment), gained 10,600. Employment in Gary, IN (6 percent of the area’s employment), was little changed over the year.

Industry employment

In Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, leisure and hospitality had the largest gain (+68,900) among the metropolitan area’s private-industry supersectors. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL, added 61,100 jobs in this supersector. (See chart 2.) The 17.7-percent increase in the metropolitan area’s leisure and hospitality supersector compared to the 12.7-percent gain on a national level.


Professional and business services added 39,900 jobs in the metropolitan area. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL, added 36,900 jobs in this supersector. The 5.0-percent gain in the metropolitan area’s professional and business services supersector compared to the 5.5-percent rise on a national level.

Trade, transportation, and utilities rose by 33,200 jobs over the year in the metropolitan area. The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL, division added 29,400 jobs or 89 percent of the metropolitan area’s employment increase in this supersector. The metropolitan area had a 3.6-percent gain compared to the 4.0-percent increase for the nation.

Manufacturing added 16,600 jobs and education and health services added 15,700.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in May 2022. All 12 areas gained jobs over the year. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, had the largest increase (+509,500). Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, had the smallest increase (+81,000) among the largest areas. (See table 2 and chart 3.)

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, had a 7.7-percent rate of job gain, followed by Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, with 6.1 percent each. The rates of job gain in the remaining nine areas ranged from 5.8 percent in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, to 3.0 percent in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV.

The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment release for June 2022 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


Technical Note

This release presents nonfarm payroll employment estimates from the CES program. The CES survey is a Federal-State cooperative endeavor between State employment security agencies and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Definitions. Employment data refer to persons on establishment payrolls who receive pay for any part of the pay period which includes the 12th of the month. Persons are counted at their place of work rather than at their place of residence; those appearing on more than one payroll are counted on each payroll. Industries are classified on the basis of their principal activity in accordance with the 2017 version of the North American Industry Classification System.

Method of estimation. CES State and Area employment data are produced using several estimation procedures. Where possible these data are produced using a "weighted link relative" estimation technique in which a ratio of current-month weighted employment to that of the previous-month weighted employment is computed from a sample of establishments reporting for both months. The estimates of employment for the current month are then obtained by multiplying these ratios by the previous month's employment estimates. The weighted link relative technique is utilized for data series where the sample size meets certain statistical criteria. For some employment series, the estimates are produced with a model that uses direct sample estimates (described above) combined with other regressors to decrease volatility in estimation.

Annual revisions. Employment estimates are adjusted annually to a complete count of jobs, called benchmarks, derived principally from tax reports which are submitted by employers who are covered under state unemployment insurance (UI) laws. The benchmark information is used to adjust the monthly estimates between the new benchmark and the preceding one and also to establish the level of employment for the new benchmark month. Thus, the benchmarking process establishes the level of employment, and the sample is used to measure the month-to-month changes in the level for the subsequent months. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/web/laus/bmrk_article.htm.

Reliability of the estimates. The estimates presented in this release are based on sample surveys, administrative data, and modeling and, thus, are subject to sampling and other types of errors. Sampling error is a measure of sampling variability—that is, variation that occurs by chance because a sample rather than the entire population is surveyed. Survey data also are subject to nonsampling errors, such as those which can be introduced into the data collection and processing operations. Estimates not directly derived from sample surveys are subject to additional errors resulting from the specific estimation processes used. The sums of individual items may not always equal totals shown in the same tables due to rounding.

Employment estimates. Changes in metropolitan area nonfarm payroll employment are cited in the analysis of this release only if they have been determined to be statistically significant at the 90-percent confidence level. Measures of sampling error for the total nonfarm employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/web/laus/790stderr.htm.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this news release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on April 10, 2018. The 12 metropolitan areas discussed in this release are the metropolitan areas with the largest population according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois; Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter Counties in Indiana; and Kenosha County in Wisconsin.

  • The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division includes Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kendall, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois.
  • The Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division includes DeKalb and Kane Counties.
  • The Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division includes Lake County in Illinois and Kenosha County in Wisconsin.
  • The Gary, IN Metropolitan Division includes Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter Counties in Indiana.

Additional information

Employment data from the CES program are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, the Chicago metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry May
2021
Mar
2022
Apr
2022
May
2022(p)
May 2021 to
May 2022(p)
Net
change
Percent
change

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

4,486.8 4,611.5 4,648.8 4,698.9 212.1 4.7

Mining and logging

1.7 1.7 1.8 1.9 0.2 11.8

Construction

177.3 162.6 175.7 184.8 7.5 4.2

Manufacturing

392.6 407.1 409.2 409.2 16.6 4.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

917.2 950.4 948.3 950.4 33.2 3.6

Information

73.4 77.4 77.7 78.0 4.6 6.3

Financial activities

314.1 316.7 313.4 315.4 1.3 0.4

Professional and business services

805.9 834.5 837.5 845.8 39.9 5.0

Education and health services

715.0 726.9 729.5 730.7 15.7 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

390.0 419.3 437.3 458.9 68.9 17.7

Other services

180.8 185.2 186.4 187.2 6.4 3.5

Government

518.8 529.7 532.0 536.6 17.8 3.4

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

3,570.0 3,685.0 3,711.5 3,752.6 182.6 5.1

Mining and logging

1.3 1.3 1.3 1.4 0.1 7.7

Construction

131.4 119.9 129.5 136.3 4.9 3.7

Manufacturing

264.7 275.9 277.5 276.8 12.1 4.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

719.0 748.1 746.1 748.4 29.4 4.1

Information

67.1 70.8 71.2 71.5 4.4 6.6

Financial activities

271.2 273.4 270.2 272.7 1.5 0.6

Professional and business services

674.8 704.3 703.8 711.7 36.9 5.5

Education and health services

591.3 600.0 602.4 603.0 11.7 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

300.9 329.0 344.4 362.0 61.1 20.3

Other services

149.4 153.4 154.3 154.9 5.5 3.7

Government

398.9 408.9 410.8 413.9 15.0 3.8

Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

244.2 250.2 252.8 255.2 11.0 4.5

Mining and logging

0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

14.2 12.3 13.5 14.4 0.2 1.4

Manufacturing

34.1 34.9 35.4 35.9 1.8 5.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

48.0 50.1 50.3 50.2 2.2 4.6

Information

2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

10.2 10.3 10.2 10.1 -0.1 -1.0

Professional and business services

33.4 34.8 34.3 34.4 1.0 3.0

Education and health services

30.9 32.1 32.2 32.1 1.2 3.9

Leisure and hospitality

22.3 23.2 24.0 24.7 2.4 10.8

Other services

9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 0.3 3.2

Government

39.5 40.9 41.1 41.5 2.0 5.1

Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

409.4 409.1 415.5 420.0 10.6 2.6

Mining and logging

0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0

Construction

14.9 13.5 14.6 15.6 0.7 4.7

Manufacturing

61.8 62.9 63.1 63.4 1.6 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

92.6 94.4 94.8 94.7 2.1 2.3

Information

2.6 2.8 2.7 2.7 0.1 3.8

Financial activities

23.6 24.0 24.0 23.6 0.0 0.0

Professional and business services

72.3 69.9 72.5 72.6 0.3 0.4

Education and health services

45.4 46.7 47.0 47.4 2.0 4.4

Leisure and hospitality

35.5 34.8 36.5 38.7 3.2 9.0

Other services

12.1 12.1 12.2 12.3 0.2 1.7

Government

48.5 47.9 48.0 48.9 0.4 0.8

Gary, IN Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

263.2 267.2 269.0 271.1 7.9 3.0

Mining and logging

0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 100.0

Construction

16.8 16.9 18.1 18.5 1.7 10.1

Manufacturing

32.0 33.4 33.2 33.1 1.1 3.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

57.6 57.8 57.1 57.1 -0.5 -0.9

Information

1.7 1.8 1.8 1.8 0.1 5.9

Financial activities

9.1 9.0 9.0 9.0 -0.1 -1.1

Professional and business services

25.4 25.5 26.9 27.1 1.7 6.7

Education and health services

47.4 48.1 47.9 48.2 0.8 1.7

Leisure and hospitality

31.3 32.3 32.4 33.5 2.2 7.0

Other services

9.9 10.2 10.3 10.3 0.4 4.0

Government

31.9 32.0 32.1 32.3 0.4 1.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area May
2021
Mar
2022
Apr
2022
May
2022(p)
May 2021 to
May 2022(p)
Net
change
Percent
change

United States(1)

Total nonfarm

145,304 149,905 150,964 151,773 6,469 4.5

Mining and logging

556 601 609 614 58 10.4

Construction

7,432 7,393 7,554 7,715 283 3.8

Manufacturing

12,232 12,651 12,702 12,747 515 4.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,335 28,361 28,357 28,420 1,085 4.0

Information

2,796 2,926 2,944 2,959 163 5.8

Financial activities

8,720 8,855 8,901 8,920 200 2.3

Professional and business services

20,993 21,911 22,100 22,154 1,161 5.5

Education and health services

23,645 24,231 24,314 24,290 645 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

14,006 14,942 15,332 15,782 1,776 12.7

Other services

5,396 5,607 5,650 5,692 296 5.5

Government

22,193 22,427 22,501 22,480 287 1.3

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,788.6 2,938.1 2,950.1 2,958.9 170.3 6.1

Mining and logging

1.8 1.9 1.9 1.9 0.1 5.6

Construction

130.3 131.3 131.0 133.4 3.1 2.4

Manufacturing

165.1 174.8 175.9 175.3 10.2 6.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

594.6 633.1 634.4 635.5 40.9 6.9

Information

110.3 117.8 120.0 120.9 10.6 9.6

Financial activities

182.5 191.4 191.7 192.6 10.1 5.5

Professional and business services

545.6 585.5 591.1 587.3 41.7 7.6

Education and health services

365.9 386.9 386.4 387.6 21.7 5.9

Leisure and hospitality

265.6 280.0 282.8 290.4 24.8 9.3

Other services

97.7 101.7 101.0 102.7 5.0 5.1

Government

329.2 333.7 333.9 331.3 2.1 0.6

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (NECTA)

Total nonfarm

2,659.0 2,733.9 2,771.2 2,784.5 125.5 4.7

Mining, logging, and construction

123.5 121.9 126.9 130.4 6.9 5.6

Manufacturing

177.5 182.1 183.6 184.8 7.3 4.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

396.7 405.3 407.9 408.3 11.6 2.9

Information

80.9 83.9 85.3 85.8 4.9 6.1

Financial activities

181.9 179.7 178.4 178.3 -3.6 -2.0

Professional and business services

512.9 530.6 541.6 541.7 28.8 5.6

Education and health services

579.7 603.2 604.2 597.8 18.1 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

210.0 225.4 240.1 253.2 43.2 20.6

Other services

89.8 93.9 95.4 95.0 5.2 5.8

Government

306.1 307.9 307.8 309.2 3.1 1.0

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,486.8 4,611.5 4,648.8 4,698.9 212.1 4.7

Mining and logging

1.7 1.7 1.8 1.9 0.2 11.8

Construction

177.3 162.6 175.7 184.8 7.5 4.2

Manufacturing

392.6 407.1 409.2 409.2 16.6 4.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

917.2 950.4 948.3 950.4 33.2 3.6

Information

73.4 77.4 77.7 78.0 4.6 6.3

Financial activities

314.1 316.7 313.4 315.4 1.3 0.4

Professional and business services

805.9 834.5 837.5 845.8 39.9 5.0

Education and health services

715.0 726.9 729.5 730.7 15.7 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

390.0 419.3 437.3 458.9 68.9 17.7

Other services

180.8 185.2 186.4 187.2 6.4 3.5

Government

518.8 529.7 532.0 536.6 17.8 3.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,802.7 4,020.6 4,063.1 4,097.4 294.7 7.7

Mining, logging, and construction

218.3 227.0 232.0 233.3 15.0 6.9

Manufacturing

283.6 293.2 294.2 296.5 12.9 4.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

820.3 877.1 877.3 881.7 61.4 7.5

Information

80.9 85.8 85.9 85.9 5.0 6.2

Financial activities

336.7 360.5 362.2 364.5 27.8 8.3

Professional and business services

673.9 722.7 738.3 747.7 73.8 11.0

Education and health services

458.3 482.0 483.7 481.3 23.0 5.0

Leisure and hospitality

360.5 391.5 405.6 421.9 61.4 17.0

Other services

118.9 127.3 129.9 132.1 13.2 11.1

Government

451.3 453.5 454.0 452.5 1.2 0.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,045.0 3,168.6 3,199.5 3,230.5 185.5 6.1

Mining and logging

58.7 67.2 68.3 66.8 8.1 13.8

Construction

207.9 218.8 222.5 231.7 23.8 11.4

Manufacturing

211.4 219.3 221.7 221.5 10.1 4.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

622.8 656.9 661.4 665.5 42.7 6.9

Information

28.9 31.5 31.5 31.6 2.7 9.3

Financial activities

167.2 171.3 171.9 172.1 4.9 2.9

Professional and business services

497.6 505.6 511.2 518.7 21.1 4.2

Education and health services

407.1 426.5 431.4 429.9 22.8 5.6

Leisure and hospitality

309.2 326.5 332.2 345.3 36.1 11.7

Other services

109.2 110.9 111.0 111.7 2.5 2.3

Government

425.0 434.1 436.4 435.7 10.7 2.5

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

5,851.6 6,116.6 6,138.9 6,158.4 306.8 5.2

Mining and logging

2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0 0.0

Construction

252.4 258.5 255.3 259.4 7.0 2.8

Manufacturing

458.8 468.5 469.3 473.2 14.4 3.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,054.7 1,089.3 1,088.7 1,089.5 34.8 3.3

Information

231.6 250.8 252.9 254.2 22.6 9.8

Financial activities

328.6 324.8 325.6 329.4 0.8 0.2

Professional and business services

944.8 978.5 985.0 980.1 35.3 3.7

Education and health services

1,072.9 1,119.4 1,118.0 1,116.8 43.9 4.1

Leisure and hospitality

601.8 695.7 710.0 718.9 117.1 19.5

Other services

181.6 197.5 199.6 200.8 19.2 10.6

Government

722.4 731.6 732.5 734.1 11.7 1.6

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,636.7 2,758.0 2,769.2 2,777.0 140.3 5.3

Mining and logging

0.8 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.1 12.5

Construction

139.2 141.6 143.2 142.8 3.6 2.6

Manufacturing

89.0 93.6 94.4 95.5 6.5 7.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

594.7 633.0 632.1 633.8 39.1 6.6

Information

49.6 52.2 52.2 52.7 3.1 6.3

Financial activities

193.7 200.3 202.8 201.4 7.7 4.0

Professional and business services

460.5 479.3 484.1 485.1 24.6 5.3

Education and health services

407.7 417.0 415.3 416.8 9.1 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

285.9 320.1 323.9 324.6 38.7 13.5

Other services

109.7 115.0 116.5 116.7 7.0 6.4

Government

305.9 305.0 303.9 306.7 0.8 0.3

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

Total nonfarm

9,225.4 9,530.6 9,648.5 9,734.9 509.5 5.5

Mining, logging, and construction

389.7 376.5 387.2 393.3 3.6 0.9

Manufacturing

332.2 339.0 339.7 339.7 7.5 2.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,575.5 1,633.3 1,634.5 1,651.4 75.9 4.8

Information

301.7 318.3 319.3 321.1 19.4 6.4

Financial activities

762.8 770.6 772.3 776.7 13.9 1.8

Professional and business services

1,518.0 1,574.0 1,600.7 1,615.7 97.7 6.4

Education and health services

2,012.1 2,054.8 2,072.5 2,074.7 62.6 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

687.2 782.3 823.9 860.3 173.1 25.2

Other services

367.1 390.4 397.7 400.9 33.8 9.2

Government

1,279.1 1,291.4 1,300.7 1,301.1 22.0 1.7

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Total nonfarm

2,852.4 2,925.1 2,950.2 2,966.2 113.8 4.0

Mining, logging, and construction

119.8 117.4 120.6 121.2 1.4 1.2

Manufacturing

172.1 177.0 177.7 178.7 6.6 3.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

515.4 536.5 536.8 536.8 21.4 4.2

Information

48.1 48.7 49.4 50.1 2.0 4.2

Financial activities

216.2 218.3 217.9 219.2 3.0 1.4

Professional and business services

471.8 485.3 493.3 491.9 20.1 4.3

Education and health services

647.0 657.0 661.0 659.1 12.1 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

221.9 235.7 245.0 260.0 38.1 17.2

Other services

111.0 116.5 116.4 118.1 7.1 6.4

Government

329.1 332.7 332.1 331.1 2.0 0.6

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,191.7 2,267.8 2,275.8 2,272.7 81.0 3.7

Mining and logging

2.6 3.0 3.0 3.0 0.4 15.4

Construction

138.1 141.9 140.9 140.6 2.5 1.8

Manufacturing

135.8 141.1 142.5 142.9 7.1 5.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

429.7 457.9 453.7 450.7 21.0 4.9

Information

39.3 39.6 42.1 42.9 3.6 9.2

Financial activities

215.3 213.4 213.0 212.8 -2.5 -1.2

Professional and business services

369.4 377.0 378.6 376.7 7.3 2.0

Education and health services

341.5 353.8 356.2 357.3 15.8 4.6

Leisure and hospitality

212.5 226.7 231.1 235.8 23.3 11.0

Other services

67.7 70.7 70.8 70.5 2.8 4.1

Government

239.8 242.7 243.9 239.5 -0.3 -0.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,311.2 2,421.0 2,434.1 2,444.9 133.7 5.8

Mining and logging

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

122.9 124.7 124.4 126.7 3.8 3.1

Manufacturing

145.6 153.0 152.9 152.7 7.1 4.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

342.1 356.9 356.7 356.4 14.3 4.2

Information

138.0 143.8 143.4 144.5 6.5 4.7

Financial activities

138.6 141.2 141.3 140.9 2.3 1.7

Professional and business services

486.0 512.4 518.1 516.8 30.8 6.3

Education and health services

363.9 373.3 372.5 372.3 8.4 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

190.9 220.0 226.3 232.5 41.6 21.8

Other services

73.3 80.8 82.4 83.5 10.2 13.9

Government

309.5 314.5 315.7 318.2 8.7 2.8

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Total nonfarm

3,196.7 3,269.3 3,287.1 3,293.3 96.6 3.0

Mining, logging, and construction

161.5 163.1 162.7 164.5 3.0 1.9

Manufacturing

55.2 55.3 55.1 55.3 0.1 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

390.3 400.3 399.2 400.1 9.8 2.5

Information

76.1 77.2 77.2 76.8 0.7 0.9

Financial activities

156.8 152.9 152.2 151.1 -5.7 -3.6

Professional and business services

782.6 793.3 795.7 793.8 11.2 1.4

Education and health services

420.9 430.6 435.4 433.5 12.6 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

250.2 287.1 297.3 305.5 55.3 22.1

Other services

193.8 195.0 197.2 197.9 4.1 2.1

Government

709.3 714.5 715.1 714.8 5.5 0.8

Footnotes
(1) U.S. data are preliminary for two months after they are first published.
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, July 08, 2022