If population follows jobs, it’s no wonder the number of people living in McHenry County is down.
According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security government employment is up from 15,898 in October, 2016 to 16,285 in October, 2017.
That’s an increase in public employees of 2.4%.
One would assume that includes the two patronage employees that Jack Franks hired without Board approval after he took the office of McHenry County Board Chairman.
The picture in the taxpaying private sector shows employment down 1% from October 2017 to October 2017.
- Private Employment in McHenry County, October 2016: 87,856
- Private Employment in McHenry County, October 2017: 86,077
More devastating is a look at the change in private employment from August 2007 to October 2017.
There has been a loss of 11,086 jobs.
Private jobs comparison:
- August 2007 – 92,167
- October 2017 – 86,077
McHenry County certainly does not have a thriving economy.