Employment Data


Unemployment Rate

Current MonthMonth Over MonthYear Over YearIllinoisNational
6.5%
December 2016
6.5%
December 2016
6.5%
December 2016
5.6%
December 2016
4.5%
December 2016
5.8%
November 2016
7.5%
December 2015

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

Labor Force and Employment

 Current MonthPrevious MonthPrevious Year
Labor Force170,425
December 2016
170,074
November 2016
171,442
December 2015
Employed159,34
December 2016
160,236
November 2016
157,723
December 2015
Unemployed11,091
December 2016
9,838
November 2016
12,719
December 2015

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