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Southwestern Illinois Workforce
Workforce is defined as those who work in the area represented but may live elsewhere. A total of 232,881 are employed in Madison and St. Clair counties with 154,213 of these in the private sector. The Trade/Transportation/Utilities sector showed a slight increase in 2013 and continues to account for more than a quarter of the total number of jobs in Southwestern Illinois, while Education and Health Services were the next largest sector with 19.6 percent of the jobs. Manufacturing and Construction fell slightly to 10.7 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively.
Private Sector Employment—2013 Snapshot
At the end of 4th Quarter 2013, there were 11,401 private employers in Madison County, an increase of nearly 200 from 2012. After years of steady growth, Southwestern Illinois once again saw a slight decrease in private sector employment, with a net loss of 1,299 jobs. The decrease was smaller than the year prior. While changes were small, the biggest decreases were seen in the construction industry, with a net loss of 1,173 jobs. Sectors seeing gains were in the trade, transportation and utilities, with an increase of 1,881 jobs, and education and health services, with an increase of 438 jobs. Service-providing jobs account for 84 percent of the total number of private  sector jobs in Southwestern Illinois.
 
header(Source: 2013 Market Review and Investment Update, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois)
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
UtilitiesUtilities 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 ServicesEducational 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
Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security (4th Quarter 2013)