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Study shows Will County a leader in job growth

Joliet Herald News

Tuesday, January 9, 2018  |  Article  |  

Economic Development (35) , Employment, Jobs (40)

A state study on Illinois employment trends showed Will County leading the Chicago metropolitan area in private sector job growth.

The Will County Executive’s office brought attention to the study “Where Workers Work” with a news release on Friday pointing to the local job growth.

“Will County continues to be attractive to companies from around the globe,” Will County Executive Larry Walsh said in the news release.

The study released in December by the Illinois Department of Employment Services highlights private sector job growth in the Chicago metropolitan area of 1.4 percent, or 48,145 new jobs, between March 2016 and March 2017.

Will County had the biggest percentage growth at 5.9 percent, or 11,207 jobs, in the five counties where employment increased.

The largest growth in numbers of jobs was in Cook County, which added 22,280 jobs for 1 percent growth. Will County ranked second in numbers of jobs added.

Walsh in the statement attributed the growth in Will County to “our strategic location, sound infrastructure and skilled workforce.” He also said “this success is due to the collaborative approach that many of our elected leaders, private partners and other stakeholders take in promoting our region.”

Sector job trends in Will County were: wholesale trade, up 25 percent or 4,041 jobs; manufacturing, up 5.5 percent or 1,145 jobs; retail, up 4.3 percent or 1,145 or jobs; health care and social assistance, up 4.1 percent or 1,052 or jobs; and accommodations and food services, up 3.4 percent or 667 jobs.

Will County jobs in professional, scientific and technical services fell by 1.6 percent with a loss of 162 jobs.

Job trends for the period in other counties were: DuPage, up 1.9 percent with 10,284 new jobs; Kane, up 2.1 percent with new 3,638 jobs; Lake, down 0.1 percent with 350 fewer jobs; McHenry, up 1.4 percent with 1,086 new jobs.