Employment Data


RAEDC Star Logo - unemployment rateData relating to employment, labor force, and unemployment rate reflect the Rockford Region MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area), this includes Boone and Winnebago Counties. Unemployment rate and related data is reported by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

Unemployment Rate

Current MonthMonth Over MonthYear Over YearIllinoisNational
9.0%
February 2017
9.0%
February 2017
9.0%
February 2017
5.5%
February 2016
4.9%
February 2017
11.1%
January 2017
7.5%
February 2016

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security. Not seasonally adjusted.

Labor Force and Employment

 Current MonthPrevious MonthPrevious Year
Labor Force168,383
February 2017
170,872
January 2017
168,313
February 2016
Employed153,197
February 2017
151,857
January 2017
155,764
February 2016
Unemployed15,186
February 2017
19,015
January 2017
12,549
February 2016

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security. Not seasonally adjusted.

Largest Employers in the Rockford MSA

Below are the major public and private employers in Boone and Winnebago counties (updated July 2016).

CompanyIndustryNumber of Employees
Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesAutomotive4,323
Rockford Public SchoolsEducation3,525
MercyhealthHealthcare3,195
SwedishAmerican Health SystemHealthcare2,988
OSF HealthcareHealthcare2,800
UTC Aerospace SystemsAerospace Manufacturing2,200
Wal-Mart StoresRetail1,611
WoodwardAerospace Manufacturing1,540
PCI - Packaging Coordinators IncPharmaceutical Packaging1,500
Winnebago CountyGovernment1,449
Harlem Consolidated SchoolsEducation1,191
City of RockfordGovernment1,076
UPSParcel Sorting Hub900
Lowe'sDistribution Center, Retail900
Belvidere Community SchoolsEducation870
Mondelez InternationalChewing Gum850
APACTelemarketing800
General Mills/Green GiantCereal/Snack Bars675
Taylor CompanyIce Cream Machines671
SyncreonAutomotive Supplier600