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
7.3%
December 2020
7.2%
November 2020
5.8%
December 2019
7.5%
December 2020
6.5%
December 2020

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

Labor Force and Employment

 Current MonthPrevious Year
Labor Force153,809
December 2020
164,032
December 2019
Employed142,536
December 2020
154,461
December 2019
Unemployed11,273
December 2020
9,571
December 2019

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 March 2020).

CompanyIndustryNumber of Employees
Lowe'sDistribution Center, Retail1,110
Harlem Consolidated SchoolsEducation1,210
Winnebago CountyGovernment1,228
City of RockfordGovernment1,277
Wal-Mart StoresRetail1,470
PCI - Packaging Coordinators IncPharmaceutical Packaging1,800
WoodwardAerospace Manufacturing1,900
OSF HealthcareHealthcare2,200
Collins AerospaceAerospace Manufacturing2,200
UPSParcel Sorting Hub2,203
SwedishAmerican Health SystemHealthcare3,375
Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesAutomotive3,749
MercyhealthHealthcare4,520
Rockford Public SchoolsEducation4,890
AloricaTelemarketing563
SyncreonAutomotive Supplier600
Taylor CompanyIce Cream Machines671
General Mills/Green GiantCereal/Snack Bars675
MagnaAutomotive Parts Manufacturing816
Mondelez InternationalChewing Gum850
Belvidere Community Unit SchoolsEducation997