What kind of jobs are there in Chicago, IL?

Chicago is a giant in a number of different industries, including the finance and business sectors. JPMorgan Chase and Deloitte both have offices here. Engineering, health care, government, pharmaceuticals and transportation are other significant employment sectors. Airline titans Boeing and United Continental Holdings are headquartered in Chicago, and the metro area is the hub for six of seven Class I railroads. Many residents also work for major corporations with facilities based in the greater Chicago area, including Ford Motor and Nestle.

Despite being home to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, Chicago's unemployment rate is relatively high. 

Job Market Index

Index Score: 6.9 /10

How we calculate this.

Chicago has a less healthy job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2018

of people are without a job

0.3 % higher than national average.

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.