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Regional Economic Indicators

Metropolitan Chicago is one of the world's great economic centers.  The following indicators track key trends in the region and provide insight into the health of our economy.  

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Workforce

Gauge whether metropolitan Chicago's workforce is prepared for tomorrow's economy. (Data updated November 2015.)

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Clusters

Explore how our infrastructure and industrial assets are being leveraged. (Data updated January 2016.)

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Innovation

Learn how new ideas are being sparked to attract investment. (Data updated June 2015.)

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Regional Economic Indicators Updates

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July 8, 2016  

Springfield update on stopgap budget

Public Acts 99-0523 and 99-0524 provide stopgap appropriations and corresponding budget implementation legislation, enacted on June 30, 2016, provide appropriation authorization for fiscal... Read More About Springfield update on stopgap budget
May 23, 2016  

The Chicago region's recovering labor markets

CMAP's regional economic indicators microsite features key measures of metropolitan Chicago's economy and, where applicable, compares these measures to peer metropolitan areas.  The... Read More About The Chicago region's recovering labor markets
May 11, 2016  

Sales tax rebates remain prevalent in northeastern Illinois

In Illinois, municipalities and counties receive sales tax revenue based on the location of sales.  This structure has resulted in the rise of an economic development incentive called a... Read More About Sales tax rebates remain prevalent in northeastern Illinois
May 10, 2016  

CMAP Local Technical Assistance and RTA Community Planning programs

Unfortunately, due to state budget issues, neither CMAP nor RTA will be issuing a call for local technical assistance or community planning projects this year. Read More About CMAP Local Technical Assistance and RTA Community Planning programs
April 26, 2016  

Commute trends of CMAP region freight and manufacturing workers

Metropolitan Chicago's workforce is one of the most important factors in a strong regional economy.  An integral element -- regional workforce mobility, measured in this Policy Update by... Read More About Commute trends of CMAP region freight and manufacturing workers
March 29, 2016  

Export growth in our region’s manufacturing industries

CMAP's regional economic indicators microsite features key measures of metropolitan Chicago's economy and, where applicable, compares these measures to peer metropolitan areas.  The... Read More About Export growth in our region’s manufacturing industries
March 9, 2016  

ON TO 2050 launch event recap

CMAP was delighted to welcome several hundred residents, non-profit organizations, units of local government, private employers, and other stakeholders on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, to kick off... Read More About ON TO 2050 launch event recap
January 29, 2016  

Governor releases draft state 2016-20 workforce development plan

This week, Governor Rauner's office released a draft five-year workforce development plan for the State of Illinois.  The plan fulfills new federal requirements established by the ... Read More About Governor releases draft state 2016-20 workforce development plan
December 17, 2015  

Changes in household income in northeastern Illinois

On December 3, 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2010-2014   American Community Survey   (ACS) 5-year estimates.  The ACS collects information such as ancestry,... Read More About Changes in household income in northeastern Illinois
November 6, 2015  

Linking the Chicago region’s research assets

This Policy Update describes a recently developed tool that enables economic developers and other industry professionals to better understand and access the region’s research assets. Read More About Linking the Chicago region’s research assets
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