Labor Force & Unemployment

Labor force is defined as those individuals, employed or looking for work, who live in the area represented. The labor force in Southwestern Illinois represented 255,601 individuals in 2013. In 2012, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent compared with 9.6 percent the previous year. The Southwestern Illinois labor force accounts for approximately 18 percent of the St. Louis Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) total.

Southwestern Illinois Labor Force

Southwestern Illinois Labor Force

Southwestern Illinois Labor Force

2013

Madison County

133,166

St. Clair County

122,435

Combined

255,601

Total Employed 2013

Madison County

122,036

St. Clair County

110,845

Combined

232,881

Unemployment Rate 2013

Madison County

8.4%

St. Clair County

9.5%

Combined

8.95%

Private Sector Employment by Industrial Classification

At the end of the 3rd Quarter of 2012, there were 11,221 private sector employers in Madison and St. Clair counties, a slight increase over what was reported in 2011. After experiencing a steady increase for several years in a row, Southwestern Illinois saw its private sector employment fall slightly from 2011 to 2012, with a net loss of 4,466 jobs. The biggest losses were seen in the construction industry, and these losses can likely be attributed to the completion of the $3.8 billion Phillips 66 Refinery project in 2011. Sectors seeing gains were mostly in the service-providing industries, with the leisure and hospitality sector showing the biggest increase in job gains. Service-providing jobs account for just over 83 percent of the total number of private sector jobs in Southwestern Illinois.

Private Sector Employment

No. of Firms/Employees 2013

No. of Firms - 2013

No. of Firms - 2013

Madison

St. Clair

Total

Goods-Producing

1,007

818

1,825

Natural Resources and Mining

49

39

88

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 

37

27

64

Mining, Quarrying, & Oil and Gas Extraction 

12

12

24

Construction

722

597

1,319

Manufacturing

236

182

418

Service-Providing

4,899

4,677

9,576

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

1,328

1,249

2,577

Wholesale Trade 

287

213

500

Retail Trade 

780

811

1591

Transportation & Warehousing 

245

212

457

Utilities 

16

13

29

Information

66

74

140

Financial Activities

581

596

1177

Finance & Insurance 

368

392

760

Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 

213

204

417

Professional and Business Services

935

909

1844

Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 

595

581

1176

Management of Companies & Enterprises 

17

14

31

Administrative & Support & Waste Mgmt. 

323

314

637

Educational and Health Services

649

602

1251

Educational Services 

68

68

136

Health Care & Social Assistance 

581

534

1115

Leisure and Hospitality

707

653

1360

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 

101

81

182

Accommodation & Food Services 

606

572

1,178

Other Services

605

561

1,166

Unclassified

28

33

61

TOTAL

5,906

5,495

11,401

No. of Employees – 2013

No. of Employees – 2013

Madison

St. Clair

Total

Goods-Producing

16,407

8,311

24,718

Natural Resources and Mining

376

431

807

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 

244

353

597

Mining, Quarrying, & Oil and Gas Extraction 

132

78

210

Construction

4,280

3,105

7,385

Manufacturing

11,751

4,775

16,526

Service-Providing

63,701

65,794

129,495

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

21,831

22,568

44,399

Wholesale Trade 

3,015

2,655

5,670

Retail Trade 

12,356

13,802

26,158

Transportation & Warehousing 

6,013

5,623

11,636

Utilities 

447

488

935

Information

566

1,012

1,578

Financial Activities

4,057

3,715

7,772

Finance & Insurance 

3,197

2,827

6,024

Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 

860

888

1,748

Professional and Business Services

7,963

7,858

15,821

Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 

3,666

4,995

8,661

Management of Companies & Enterprises 

627

451

1,078

Administrative & Support & Waste Mngmt. 

3,670

2,412

6,082

Educational and Health Services

14,226

16,039

30,265

Educational Services 

930

1,754

2,684

Health Care & Social Assistance 

13,296

14,285

27,581

Leisure and Hospitality

11,468

10,287

21,755

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 

1,542

1,389

2,931

Accommodation & Food Services 

9,926

8,898

18,824

Other Services

3,575

4,265

7,840

Unclassified

15

50

65

TOTAL

80,108

74,105

154,213

Southwestern Illinois 2012 Work Force

Work force is defined as those who work in the area represented but may live elsewhere. A total of 236,402 individuals are employed in Madison and St. Clair counties with 155,512 of these in the private sector. The Trade/Transportation/Utilities sector showed a slight increase in 2012 and continues to account for more than one quarter of the total number of jobs in Southwestern Illinois while Education and Health Services was the next largest sector with 19.2 percent of the jobs. Manufacturing rose slightly to 10.9 percent while construction jobs fell, decreasing to 5.5 percent from 7.5 percent the prior year.

Southwestern Illinois Top Employers

Southwestern Illinois Top Employers

Southwestern Illinois
Top Employers

2013 Employees

Community

Scott Air Force Base

13,000

Scott Air Force Base

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

2,480

Edwardsville

U. S. Steel, Granite City Works/United States Steel Corp 

2,300

Granite City

Wal-Mart / Sam's Club

2,189

Southwestern Illinois

Memorial Hospital

2,131

Belleville

Schnuck's Supermarkets

1,734

Southwestern Illinois

Southwestern Illinois College

1,403

Southwestern Illinois

Amsted Rail Company, Inc.

1,345

Granite City

Shop 'N Save 

1,313

Southwestern Illinois

St. Elizabeth's Hospital 

1,286

Belleville

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation
(including Touchette Hospital)

1,183

Southwestern Illinois

Southwestern Illinois Health Facilities, Inc.(DBA-Anderson Hospital)

1,124

Maryville

Global Brass and Copper, Inc. (Olin Brass)

1,100

East Alton

Madison County (Illinois)

948

Madison County

Walgreens

932

Southwestern Illinois

Edwardsville School District

922

Edwardsville

Gateway Regional Medical Center

920

Granite City

Alton Memorial Hospital

906

Alton

Ducoa Co./Trow Nutrition

900

Highland 

Cerro Flow Products Inc.

900

Sauget

Alton Community Unit School District #11

836

Alton / Godfrey

Phillips 66

835

Roxana

St. Clair County 

834

St. Clair

Jet Aviation (formerly Midcoast Aviation Inc.)

810

Cahokia

Collinsville School District 

764

Collinsville, Maryville

Challenge Unlimited

725

Southwestern Illinois

East St. Louis Community School District 189 

700

East St. Louis

St. Anthony's Health Center

676

Alton

Casino Queen Hotel & Casino 

667

East St. Louis

O'Fallon Community Consolidated School
District #90

664

O'Fallon

Lewis & Clark Community College

663

Godfrey

Allsup, Inc.                                      

650

Belleville

Granite City School District #9

630

Granite City

Cahokia School District #187

620

Cahokia

Belleville Public Elementary School District #118

615

Belleville

Cooper B-Line, Inc.    

600

Highland & Troy

Illinois-American Water Company (including Alton Call Center)

575

Belleville

Solutia Inc.

560

Sauget

Belleville Township High School District #201        

543

Belleville

Union Pacific Railroad

537

Southwestern Illinois

Argosy Casino Alton

518

Alton

IL Dept. of Transportation

513

Southwestern Illinois

YMCA of Southwestern Illinois 

500

Southwestern Illinois

Mascoutah #19

500

Mascoutah

World Wide Technologies

500

Edwardsville

Beelman Slag Sales

500

Madison