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Employment and Job Market Info for U.S. Metro Areas

Chicago Metro Area

MSA: Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
counties: Cook (IL), DeKalb (IL), DuPage (IL), Grundy (IL), Kane (IL), Kendall (IL), Lake (IL), McHenry (IL), Will (IL), Jasper (IN), Lake (IN), Newton (IN), Porter (IN), Kenosha (WI)
Population (2016 estimate): 9.5 million
Unemployment Rate (September 2017): 4.7%
NFP Employment (2016): 4.7 million
Average Earnings (2016): $50,550

Click on an occupational group in the table below for data on specific occupations:

data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational
Group
Total
Employment
Jobs
per 1000
Location
Quotient
Median Annual
Earnings
Management 337,400 74.1 1.5 $99,920
Business and Financial Operations 262,360 57.6 1.1 $65,550
IT and Mathematical 149,500 32.8 1.1 $83,550
Architecture and Engineering 67,640 14.9 0.8 $75,970
Life, Physical, and Social Sciences 27,750 6.1 0.7 $65,230
Community and Social Services 55,540 12.2 0.9 $43,570
Legal and Judicial 37,730 8.3 1.1 $84,150
Education, Training, and Library 278,080 61.1 1.0 $52,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media 56,840 12.5 0.9 $46,960
Healthcare Practitioners and Technicians 255,350 56.1 1.0 $67,980
Healthcare Support 124,990 27.5 1.0 $27,360
Protective Services 119,390 26.2 1.1 $40,570
Food Preparation and Serving Related 383,510 84.2 0.9 $20,190
Building, Grounds Cleaning, and Maintenance 130,430 28.7 0.9 $27,970
Personal Care and Services 135,790 29.8 0.9 $22,960
Sales and Related 456,000 100.2 1.0 $28,150
Office and Administrative Support 700,350 153.9 1.0 $35,510
Construction and Extraction 130,510 28.7 0.7 $71,740
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 152,740 33.6 0.9 $48,290
Production 319,760 70.2 1.1 $32,860
Transportation and Material Moving 367,220 80.7 1.2 $29,660

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