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).

Largest Employers in the Rockford MSA

Below are the major public and private employers in Boone and Winnebago counties (updated January 2022).

CompanyIndustryNumber of Employees
Collins AerospaceAerospace Manufacturing2,000
GE AviationAerospace Manufacturing300
WoodwardAerospace Manufacturing2,000
AmazonLogistics & Distribution1,535
Lowe'sDistribution Center, Retail1,110
UPSLogistics & Distribution2,000
Wal-Mart StoresRetail1,470
Accuride Wheel End SolutionsManufacturing320
Bergstrom, Inc.Manufacturing450
Rockford Tool CraftManufacturing358
Stellantis (Formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)Manufacturing1,459
Taylor CompanyManufacturing500
OSF HealthcareHealthcare2,200
UW Health (formerly SwedishAmerican Health System)Healthcare3,780
DFA (formerly Deans Foods)Food Processing180
General Mills/Green GiantFood Processing650
Mondelez InternationalFood Processing280
TH FoodsFood Processing400
Belvidere Community Unit SchoolsEducation950
Harlem Consolidated SchoolsEducation1,147
Rockford Public SchoolsEducation4,075
City of RockfordGovernment1,102
Winnebago CountyGovernment1,429