A workforce that keeps our region Growing, Building, and Moving.

The Whiteside/Northwest Illinois Region has long been a successful location for agribusinesses, manufacturing and logistics. Boasting a talented, hardworking regional force of more than 540,000 with experience and success in all agribusiness inputs and outputs, advanced manufacturing and logistics, the region supports a multitude of businesses.

Employement by Industry - NW Illinois *
Industry DescriptionTotal%
Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing (SIC Range 01-09)7,4081.37%
Mining (SIC 10-14)5270.10%
Construction (SIC 15-17)19,7943.65%
Manufacturing (SIC 20-39)70,07912.93%
Transportation and Communications (SIC 40-49)26,6584.92%
Wholesale Trade (SIC 50-51)29,1105.37%
Retail Trade (SIC 52-59)106,34819.63%
Finance, Insurance And Real Estate (SIC 60-69)27,3825.05%
Services (SIC 70-89)223,44541.24%
Public Administration (SIC 90-98)29,7745.50%
Unclassified (SIC 99)1,3000.24%

Source: Applied Geographic Solutions, 2017
*60 mile radius around Whiteside County Illinois

A Manufacturing Hotspot


of the Region's GDP results from Manufacturing


Manufacturing Location Quotient


of the Labor Force are Production Workers

Academic Support

Our proximity to Chicago allows for an exchange of expertise and resources in several fields, and a solid pipeline of graduates from Illinois’ college and universities ensures the right employee is available for your business.


Trade Schools or Community Colleges within 50 miles


Universities within 50 miles


Workforce Development or Retraining Programs
Median Household Income
vs. Chicago metrovs. statevs. nation
Whiteside County$52,127-27%-18%-12%

Source: Applied Geographic Solutions, 201 

A lower, comparative cost of living along with low congestion, low union activity, low crime rates, and lower local taxes contribute to a business-friendly atmosphere that many find appealing when compared to larger metros.

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