According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the number of government workers in McHenry County was 11,530 in April 2000.
The number in October 2017 was 16,285.
That’s an increase of 41%.
According to the Census Bureau, the population in McHenry County in April 2000 was 260,077, and the population in 2016 was 307,004.
That’s in increase of 8%.
It appears that most of this increase took place in the decade between 2000 and 2010.
Since 2010, government employment has increased 4.6% while the population has declined by 0.6%.