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Jobs boom finally reaches Rockford

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Jobs boom finally reaches Rockford

ROCKFORD – It has taken a decade, but employment in the Rock River Valley finally is nearing its pre-Great Recession levels.

 In January, according to preliminary estimates by theIllinois Department of Employment Security, 136,846 people were working in Winnebago County. That was a 9.2 precent increase from January 2017’s estimate of 125,376.

It also was the highest number of people working in January since 2008 when the local economy was feeling the first effects of the economic downturn that altered the lives and finances of millions of people.

Total employment in January (2006-2018)

Year

Illinois

% Ch.

Winnebago

% Ch.

Boone

% ch.

Ogle

% ch.

2006

6,036,555

131,335

23,254

24,865

2007

6,229,564

3.2%

137,709

4.9%

24,545

5.6%

26,017

4.6%

2008

6,271,190

0.7%

137,933

0.2%

24,743

0.8%

25,938

-0.3%

2009

5,966,550

-4.9%

124,502

-9.8%

22,324

-9.8%

24,136

-7.0%

2010

5,784,712

-3.1%

124,997

0.4%

22,857

2.4%

24,246

0.5%

2011

5,858,867

1.3%

127,563

2.1%

23,553

3.1%

23,994

-1.0%

2012

5,879,133

0.4%

127,569

0.0%

23,516

-0.2%

23,576

-1.7%

2013

5,882,715

0.1%

127,189

-0.3%

23,558

0.2%

22,931

-2.7%

2014

5,916,747

0.6%

126,910

-0.2%

23,528

-0.1%

22,783

-0.7%

2015

6,002,520

1.5%

128,905

1.6%

24,028

2.1%

23,770

4.3%

2016

6,077,639

1.3%

131,059

1.7%

24,384

1.5%

23,547

-0.9%

2017

6,066,522

-0.2%

125,376

-4.3%

23,398

-4.0%

23,106

-1.9%

2018

6,464,968

6.6%

136,846

9.2%

25,711

9.9%

24,657

6.7%

 

 


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