Illinois Employment Statistics

  • 368,125 employers
  • 5,970,727 employees
  • $1,153 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 4.7% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 4.3% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Illinois Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • -6,225 fewer businesses
  • 418,797 more employees
  • 7.5% increase in total wages
  • $11,587 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 24.0% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Illinois Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Cook County Illinois, 135,818
County with the Most Employees: Cook County Illinois, 2,281,743
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Lake County Illinois, $1,436
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Pulaski County Illinois, 8.7%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Illinois, see: Illinois Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Illinois see:Illinois Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 6,223,764 employed workers
  • 272,590 unemployed workers
  • 4.2% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Illinois, see: Illinois Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 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

Quarterly employment statistics for Illinois, see: Illinois Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.