Grundy County’s workforce is motivated, experienced and high skilled with a labor pool of approximately 890,000 people within 30 minutes. Positioned in the middle of the three fastest growing counties, Kendall, Will and Grundy, the workforce is dynamic, growing, and energetic. Located just outside of the suburban traffic, Grundy County is attractive to residents looking for quality employment in manufacturing, logistics, energy, and healthcare.
Local employers consistently rank the Grundy workforce higher than the Midwest and national averages in key characteristics.
Why choose Grundy County to locate your business?
Here’s a few reasons why Procter & Gamble chose to locate in Grundy County in the fall of 2020.
“Through a great deal of research and diligence, we landed on the Morris Gateway 80 property north of town near the airport. There were several reasons why this location made sense for P&G.
- First, the location is ideal—especially so near to Chicago with superb, efficient access to our customers… as well as proximity to intermodal resources.
- We were also impressed with such a skilled talent pool—meeting critical criteria such as availability, quality, stability, and productivity.
- Your schools, the vibrancy of the community, and your business-friendly environment were also keys to a final decision.
- We have greatly valued our partnership so far and look forward to many mutual wins in the future.”
Stefano Zenezini, Procter & Gamble Senior VP for NA Supply Network Operations
Labor Force and Unemployment Rate 2021
|County||Labor Force||Employed||Unemployment Rate May 2021||Unemployment Rate May 2020|
|State of Illinois||6,172,284||5,759,458||6.7%||15.3%|
(Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security)
Labor Force 2019 and Over the Years
|Year||Labor Force||Employed||Unemployed||Unemployment Rate|
Internship Program – Connecting Business and Future Employees
The summer internship program provides area businesses with a pipeline to Grundy County’s best and brightest students. Over 200 students have particpated in the program over the last 8 years. Students can gain experience in a variety of fields including internships in IT, engineering, accounting, finance, marketing, HR, mechanical, and many more.
Grundy County Top 10 Occupations
|Employment by Occupation||2018 Jobs||2019 Jobs||Change||Male||Female|
|Office and Administrative Support Occupations||2,490||2,554||64||811||1,742|
|Sales and Related Occupations||2,293||2,488||196||1,173||1,315|
|Transportation and Material Moving Occupations||1,801||1,867||66||1,524||343|
|Education, Training, and Library Occupations||1,682||1,707||26||341||1,366|
|Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations||1,667||1,616||-51||617||999|
|Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations||1,228||1,255||27||223||1,032|
|Construction and Extraction Occupations||1,086||1,065||-21||845||219|
Age of Population
|85 years and over||762||1.5%|
Grundy County Top 10
|Description||2018 Jobs||2019 Jobs||Change||Males||Females||Age 55+ % of Industry|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||2,365||2,421||56||344||2,076||23%|
|Accommodation and Food Services||1,629||1,629||0||682||946||13%|
|Transportation and Warehousing||1,254||1,296||42||875||421||22%|
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services||576||592||16||362||230||19%|
Grundy County Private Labor Force by Industry
Local Workforce Programs
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