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Choose the globally accessible location, where opportunity arrives from every direction.


Choose the people, the place, the prosperity of DuPage County.




Why to Choose DuPage: Robust Job Market with Excellent Opportunities

2018 First Quarter Economic Indicators show opportunities coming, including hundreds in healthcare


Choose DuPage has released its 2018 First Quarter Economic Indicators Report outlining DuPage County’s continued economic growth. While maintaining the lowest unemployment rate in the region, the average annual salary in DuPage County is higher than both the state and national average. Current employment opportunities in high-paying positions are also available in a wide range of industries throughout DuPage further showcasing it as an ideal location for businesses and job seekers looking to build a life in a thriving community. 


2018 First Quarter Economic Indicator Report Highlights:


  • DuPage County continues to maintain the lowest unemployment rate in the Chicagoland region at 4.2%, lower than both the State of Illinois (5.0%) and United States (4.4%). 
  • Industrial vacancy rates are currently at 5.5%; office vacancy rates dropped to 15.3% from 17.5% during the same period last year. 
  • The average annual salary in DuPage County is approximately $62,000 – higher than both the State of Illinois ($57,000) and United States ($54,000).  


Occupation Snapshot


Over the next year, the fastest growing industry in DuPage County is expected to be Healthcare Support Occupations with a +2.2% year-over-year rate of growth (adding 350 jobs). The next highest is Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations with 1.3% growth (adding 419 jobs), followed by Personal Care and Service with 1.3% growth (adding 257 jobs).


“DuPage County has consistently maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the Chicagoland region while we continue to bring new business development to the area,” said John Carpenter, president and CEO of Choose DuPage. “The projected growth in the healthcare and personal care sectors alone will add close to 1,000 new jobs over the next year. Our market is robust and this is an exciting time DuPage County.”


The largest major occupation groups in DuPage County are Office and Administrative Support positions (106,367 workers), Sales and Related Occupations (71,836 workers), and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations (49,322 workers). Occupations in the DuPage with the highest average wages per worker are in Management ($118,700), Legal  ($101,300), and Computer and Mathematical Occupations ($87,000).Measuring future job growth by the number of advertised open positions indicates  there are nearly 20,000 online job opportunities in DuPage for careers in the Computer & Mathematical field, followed by over 15,000 in Management, and tens of thousands more across various sectors in white collar and blue collar industries.



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Governor Leads Delegation to Europe

Germany Delegation

Choose DuPage is joining the Intersect Illinois delegation that is in Germany this week for a jobs mission with Governor Rauner and members of Team Illinois. The jobs mission will have a brief stop in Poland before continuing to Germany. Between April 17th and April 24th, the Team will cover over 1,600 miles and attend 20 plus meetings. 


This will be Governor Rauner’s first European trip as Governor. He, along with Intersect Illinois, leaders in business, education, and the government comprise “Team Illinois” and will begin the Germany portion of the trip in Munich.


John Carpenter & Gov Rauner in Germany

Pictured above: Governor Rauner with John Carpenter, President & CEO of Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance 


The Governor will lead Team Illinois along with Mark Peterson, President & CEO of Intersect Illinois, Sean McCarthy, Director at the Illinois Department of Commerce, Erik Brejla, Assistant Deputy Director and Foreign Direct Investment and Site Selection, of the Illinois Department of Commerce, and Kelly Nicholl, Chief Marketing Officer of Intersect Illinois. Team Illinois consists of a talented group of individuals who possess a wealth of knowledge and experience as it relates to Illinois and this jobs mission.


Representing Illinois are the following individuals:


  • Mark Peterson - President & CEO - Intersect Illinois
  • Sean McCarthy - Director - Illinois Department of Commerce
  • Erik Brejla - Assistant Deputy Director - Foreign Direct Investment and Site Selection - Illinois Department of Commerce
  • Kelly Nicholl - Chief Marketing Officer - Intersect Illinois
  • Jason Anderson - Economic Development Director - City of Rochelle
  • Greg Baise - President & CEO - Illinois Manufacturers Association
  • John Carpenter - President & CEO - Choose DuPage
  • Kevin Considine - President & CEO - Lake County Partners
  • Mark Denzler - Vice President & COO - Illinois Manufacturers Association
  • Dr. Kenneth Ender - President - Harper College
  • Matt Gambs - Senior Vice President - Wintrust Financial; Board, Illinois Chamber
  • Anna Morzy - Founding Member Polish American Committee; Former President - Polish American Leadership
  • Edward Seidel - Vice President of Economic Development and Innovation - University of Illinois System
  • Mark Tomkins - President &  CEO - German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest
  • Terry Wilkerson - President - Rend Lake Community College
  • Andria Winters - Senior Director of Business Services - CBRE


With over 1,800 foreign owned companies in Illinois generating $100B in FDI, Foreign Direct Investment continues to be a focus for Team Illinois. Marketing Illinois as a global hub for business to international job creators will bring new opportunities to forge partnerships and advance the state’s economic growth.  With the superior access to international travel as well as Illinois’ talented workforce, we are excited to bring this message across the globe.


The trip has a busy itinerary that includes visits to companies that have existing facilities in Illinois, as well as exciting announcements of new operations within the state.  The perfect conclusion to this whirlwind will be Hannover Messe where the team will meet with various Illinois companies exhibiting at the world’s largest manufacturing trade show.  Hannover Messe boasts over 6,500 exhibitors from 70+ countries and 225K trade visitors. 


Germany Delegation 3

Pictured above: Team Illinois, including Governor Rauner and John Carpenter visit Haribo Gummies.

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