Chicago by the Numbers January 2016


World Business Chicago tracks indicators from month to month to gauge the strength of several aspects of Chicago’s economy, including employment in major sectors, residential and office real estate data, price and purchasing indexes, and freight demand. Note: employment data refers to payroll job estimates for the city of Chicago and is not adjusted for seasonality.

Key trends evident this month include:

  • The Chicago (city) economy has expanded by an estimated 15,073 jobs, a 1.3 percent year-over-year improvement since November 2014. The majority of this growth can be attributed to the professional and business services (+7,710 jobs) and education and health services (+6,072) sectors. The manufacturing sector experienced the greatest absolute decrease in jobs (-2,388).
  • The unemployment rate in Chicago (city) decreased year-over-year. The city’s November 2015 unemployment rate of 5.8% is 0.7 percentage points lower than the rate of 6.5% in November 2014.
  • Major business expansions in Chicago (metro) increased 4.6%, from 624 in 2014 to 653 in 2015.

These and other trends are illustrated in this month’s Chicago by the Numbers.

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