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
6.9%
April 2017
6.9%
April 2017
6.9%
April 2017
4.4%
April 2016
4.1%
April 2017
8.2%
March 2017
6.3%
April 2016

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

Labor Force and Employment

 Current MonthPrevious MonthPrevious Year
Labor Force165,365
April 2017
167,490
March 2017
167,128
April 2016
Employed154,018
April 2017
153,679
March 2017
156,640
April 2016
Unemployed11,347
April 2017
13,811
March 2017
10,488
April 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