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
8.3%
August 2021
8.7%
July 2021
10.9%
August 2020
6.8%
August 2021
5.3%
August 2021

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

Labor Force and Employment

 Current MonthPrevious Year
MSA Labor Force157,928
August 2021
164,689
August 2020
Employed144,843
August 2021
146,676
August 2020
Unemployed13,085
August 2021
18,013
August 2020

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