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Northern Illinois has a strong workforce and growing economy attractive to companies looking to locate or expand here. Our major employers, particularly in advanced manufacturing and logistics industries, have found success here. Learn more about how you can as well.

Economic Indicators

METRIC ESTIMATE CHANGE FROM 1 YEAR AGO
Non-Farm Employment (December 2018) 154,800 +1300
Private Sector Employment (December 2018) 138,600 +1500
Unemployment Rate (December 2018) 5.7% -0.8%
Metro Area Labor Force (December 2018) 167,668 +2,113
Labor Force Within 50 Miles (2013-2017 Average) 2,223,694 +903,894
Personal Income (2017) $14.27 Billion +$440 Million
Personal Income Per Capita (2017) $42,192 +$1,464
Real GDP (2017) in 2009 chained dollars $13.23 Billion +405 Million
Exports (2016) 2,525,224,580 +11.7%

Demographics

Demographics NORTHERN ILLINOIS ILLINOIS STATEWIDE
Population (2017) 341,150 12,854,526
Population (2015) 340,663 12,859,995
Population percent change (2010-2015) 0.14% -0.04%
Population by Age (2015) 341,150 12,854,526
Under 5 years old 21,104 785,560
18-64 years old 204,815 8,071,585
65 years and older 54,095 1,847,932
Median Age (2017) 39.4 37.7
Civilian Veterans Age 18 Years and Older (2017) 21,610 614,725
Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes), Workers Age 16 and Older (2017) 23.0 28.7
Population With High School Degree or Higher, Ages 25 to 64 (2017) 155,177 6,132,961
Percentage of Population With High School Degree or Higher, Ages 25 to 64 (2017) 88.4% 89.95%
Population With Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, Ages 25 to 64 (2017) 40,920 2,493,006
Percentage of Population With Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, Ages 25 to 64 (2017) 23.31% 35.77%

Major Employers

COMPANY PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Automotive 5,152
Mercyhealth Healthcare 4,000
Rockford Public Schools Education 3,713
SwedishAmerican Health System Healthcare 3,359
OSF Healthcare Healthcare 2,754
UPS Parcel Sorting Hub 2,379
UTC Aerospace Systems Aerospace Manufacturing 2,200
Woodward Aerospace Manufacturing 1,900
PCI Pharma Services Pharmaceutical Packaging 1,800
Wal-Mart Stores Retail 1,471
Winnebago County Government 1,292
Lowe's Distribution Center, Retail 1,108
Harlem Consolidated Schools Education 1,100
City of Rockford Government 1,088
Belvidere Community Schools Education 1,100
ServiCom Telemarketing 850
Magna Automotive Part Manufacturing 816
General Mills Cereal/Snack Bars 675
Taylor Company Ice Cream Machines 671
Alorica Telemarketing 563

Cost of Living Index

METRO AREA COMPOSITE INDEX
New York (Manhattan), NY 232.9
San Diego, CA 142.7
Chicago, IL 119.5
Denver, CO 110.9
Madison, WI 106.8
Minneapolis, MN 106.1
Joliet-Will County, IL 99.1
Peoria, IL 92.4
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 89.7
Austin, TX 99.8
Detroit, MI 98.2
Springfield, IL 96.4
Phoenix, AZ 97.9
Indianapolis, IN 92.0
Champaign-Urbana, IL 87.8
Columbus, OH 92.9
St. Louis, MO-IL 86.4
Des Moines, IA 89.7
ROCKFORD, IL 88.2
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