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Will County leads Illinois in employment opportunities

1/10/2018, 9:23 a.m.
In a recent study, Where Workers Work, conducted by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Will County led the state ...

In a recent study, Where Workers Work, conducted by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Will County led the state in the percentage of change in the total number of private sector, unemployment insurance-covered jobs, growing by more than 30 percent over the past seven years.

“Will County recorded employment increases of 5.9 percent or 11,207 jobs from March 2016 to March 2017. This is in large part due to our strategic location, sound infrastructure, and skilled workforce which has kept our county on a very positive path forward,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh.

The study also reported significant growth in 2017 in manufacturing, healthcare, and sales-related employment. Each of these industries are strong in Will County, but Walsh noted challenges remain and a regional approach is the key to future success.

Walsh said that he is optimistic about the regional economic development efforts that are taking shape with the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation that was begun in December 2013 as a concept of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and includes leaders from Chicago and the collar counties.

He said that the group has moved from a concept and now will become a permanent group comprised of public and private sector leaders. It’s scheduled to launch later this month in Chicago. The key goal of these efforts centers around the belief that the Chicagoland region can utilize each community’s strengths to assist the entire metro region in competing with peer regions from around the country and the world.