Regional Economic Indicators

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.  


Track our economy's recovery from the latest recession. (Data updated May 2017.)



Gauge whether metropolitan Chicago's workforce is prepared for tomorrow's economy. (Data updated November 2016.)



Explore how our infrastructure and industrial assets are being leveraged. (Data updated March 2017.)



Learn how new ideas are being sparked to attract investment. (Data updated September 2017.)

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Regional Economic Indicators Updates

Property tax burden in the Chicago region

Nov 28, 2017 Property tax burden in the Chicago region The tax structure...

Strategic, regionally driven economic development in New York

In today's fast-paced global economy, metropolitan regions -- rather than just countries -- compete with one another. With its unparalleled transportation...

Panel discusses a future with economic opportunity for all

"The Future of Economic Opportunity," held at the Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium in Homewood on Wednesday, July 19, was the fourth of five Alternative Futures forums hosted by Chicago...

FY18 budget impacts on state finances, regional transportation, and local governments

The Illinois General Assembly enacted a series of budget bills on July 6, 2017, overriding the Governor's veto and ending the state's two-year budget impasse. Among changes to income tax...

Manufacturing employment trends in Illinois’ metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas

A new Policy Update examines manufacturing employment and output trends for the seven-county CMAP region and the rest of Illinois from 2001-16, with a focus on the loss of high-skilled...

Business churn in the Chicago region

Metropolitan Chicago's ability to retain and foster new businesses is an important regional economic indicator.  Businesses base site decisions on factors such as access to customers,...

Advanced industry growth in the Chicago region

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) regional economic indicators  microsite  features key measures of metropolitan Chicago's economy and, where applicable,...

Freight land use clusters in northeastern Illinois

Freight is a critical component of the regional economy in northeastern Illinois and generates significant transportation demand across multiple modes. While much of the Chicago Metropolitan...

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...

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...