Illinois Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 378,252 employers, up 2.8% from 368,072
  • 6,025,576 employees, up 0.5% from 5,997,094
  • $1,122 average weekly wage, up 2.4% from $1,096
  • The average weekly wage is 2.5% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 5.5% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 10,180, which is an increase of 2.8%. The number of employees in Illinois increased by 28,482, an increase of 0.5%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $26, an increase of 2.4%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 10,097 or 2.8%. Growth in private businesses in Illinois grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 24,535 or 0.5%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Illinois was slower than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $26 or 2.4%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Illinois grew slower than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 14.3% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 1.9%. Other services (10.5%), which increased by 0.6% and Retail trade (9.4%), which decreased by 1.1%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Transport and warehousing1,1296.7%
Information3605.4%
Real estate and rental3072.4%
Educational services1192.3%
Professional services1,0251.9%
Arts and entertainment921.7%
Waste services3491.7%
Utilities81.4%
Mining and oil extraction81.3%
Accommodation and food services3381.2%
Healthcare2961.0%
Company management150.9%
Manufacturing1550.9%
Construction3070.9%
Other services2530.6%
Finance and insurance710.4%
Agriculture and forestry70.3%
Wholesale trade-76-0.3%
Retail trade-398-1.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 12.9% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 0.9% in the last year. Manufacturing (9.8%), increased by 0.3% and Retail trade (9.7%), decreased by 2.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Mining and oil extraction7109.1%
Transport and warehousing8,1713.0%
Finance and insurance7,1882.5%
Real estate and rental1,7262.1%
Arts and entertainment1,5341.6%
Waste services5,7461.3%
Professional services5,3231.3%
Information1,0331.1%
Construction2,2601.0%
Other services2,1181.0%
Healthcare6,6780.9%
Accommodation and food services3,9080.7%
Wholesale trade1,8950.7%
Manufacturing1,9900.3%
Agriculture and forestry70.1%
Utilities-69-0.3%
Educational services-3,097-2.1%
Retail trade-16,028-2.6%
Company management-6,534-7.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,322per week compared with the state average of $1,119. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $190 or 8.9%. Utilities ($2,007), rose by $67 or 3.5% and Finance and insurance ($1,977) increased by $41 or 2.1% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Company management$1908.9%
Information$1136.8%
Waste services$415.3%
Retail trade$294.8%
Real estate and rental$524.4%
Accommodation and food services$174.2%
Educational services$414.2%
Mining and oil extraction$584.1%
Other services$293.6%
Utilities$673.5%
Wholesale trade$493.2%
Construction$423.2%
Agriculture and forestry$223.0%
Healthcare$252.7%
Transport and warehousing$262.6%
Finance and insurance$412.1%
Manufacturing$251.9%
Arts and entertainment$10.1%
Professional services$-92-4.7%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Illinois. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.6% of the businesses in the state (with 21,172 employing 415,004 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 231 more businesses, an increase of 1.1% in the last year. Private households (3.7% of businesses) had 10 fewer businesses, a decline of 0.1% and Computer systems design and related services (3.3% of businesses) added 309 businesses, an increase of 2.5% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Heavy duty truck manufacturing342.9%
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing2742.2%
Industrial gas manufacturing741.2%
Tobacco manufacturing233.3%
Satellite telecommunications729.2%
Distilleries922.5%
Explosives manufacturing120.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
General freight trucking long-distance77916.3%
Computer systems design and related services3092.5%
All other professional and technical services2369.3%
Restaurants and other eating places2311.1%
Management consulting services2252.2%
General freight trucking local2124.8%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1904.8%


Employees by Industry

Private households (3.7% of employees) had 10 fewer employees, a decline of 0.1% and Computer systems design and related services (3.3% ofemployees) added 309 employees, an increase of 2.5% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Natural gas extraction153438.2%
Couriers and express delivery services14,63674.0%
Timber tract operations1549.0%
Motor vehicle seating and interior trim mfg.79148.6%
Airport operations1,50136.0%
Other services to buildings and dwellings1,06734.5%
Record production and distribution8033.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Couriers and express delivery services14,63674.0%
Direct insurers except life and health4,13311.3%
Management consulting services3,6864.7%
Janitorial services3,2856.7%
Commercial banking3,0424.1%
Food service contractors2,48610.0%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers2,36110.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Portfolio management, paying $4,356 compared with the state average of $1,119. Employees in the Portfolio management industry were paid $169 more per week, an increase of 4.0% in the last year. Commodity contracts dealing ($4,228) and Investment banking and securities dealing ($4,108) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Commodity contracts dealing ($4,228 per week) were paid $691 more per week, an increase of 19.5% and Investment banking and securities dealing ($4,108 per week) were paid $403 more per week, an increase of 10.9% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Natural gas extraction$1,04769.1%
Tour operators$69868.1%
Business and secretarial schools$50148.1%
Scenic and sightseeing transportation water$24543.2%
Credit card issuing$62840.4%
Other performing arts companies$12436.4%
Nonscheduled air transportation$38932.2%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Natural gas extraction$1,04769.1%
Other financial vehicles$74729.7%
Tour operators$69868.1%
Commodity contracts dealing$69119.5%
Petroleum refineries$63026.1%
Credit card issuing$62840.4%
Motor vehicle brake system manufacturing$59431.6%


Company Size

Illinois Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Illinois by far. 64.8% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 348,750 small businesses in the state represent 95.2% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Illinois added 10,594 businesses in the last year, an increase of 3.0% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 10,681 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 3.2% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses declined 104 businesses in the last year, which is a decrease of 0.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 17 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.8% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Illinois Employees by Business Size

Illinois added 63,662 employees in the last year, an increase of 1.3% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 7,316 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.1% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses lost 1,214 employees in the last year, which is a decrease of 0.1% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 57,560 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 5.1% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Illinois Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Illinois (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 5.4% more than the national average ($1,062 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Illinois (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 9.8% workers below the national average ($1,742 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $95 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $162 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $44 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 1.3% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Restaurants and other eating places21,1721.1%
Private households13,861-0.1%
Computer systems design and related services12,5432.5%
Management consulting services10,5062.2%
Residential building construction8,5720.7%
Offices of lawyers7,808-0.4%
Offices of physicians6,600-1.4%
Insurance agencies and brokerages6,137-0.4%
Accounting and bookkeeping services5,8411.4%
Offices of dentists5,654-0.4%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places415,0040.0%
General medical and surgical hospitals233,441-0.5%
Temporary help services171,084-0.1%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores93,266-2.3%
Offices of physicians93,0900.2%
Management of companies and enterprises85,824-7.1%
Computer systems design and related services84,742-0.9%
Management consulting services81,4804.7%
Commercial banking76,9264.1%
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing76,396-1.7%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Portfolio management$4,3564.0%
Commodity contracts dealing$4,22819.5%
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,10810.9%
Miscellaneous intermediation$3,8970.7%
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$3,6476.0%
Credit bureaus$3,62318.5%
Securities brokerage$3,560-4.6%
Other financial vehicles$3,26329.7%
Spectator sports$3,254-7.3%
Petroleum refineries$3,04826.1%




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