Private Employment Way Down in McHenry County

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.


Private Employment Way Down in McHenry County — 10 Comments

  1. What’s so discouraging about this, is our government official’s response to our downward spiral. That’s 387 more taxpayer funded jobs, in one year. For what? Everything else is declining. As I see it, nothing is as good as it used to be. Education, population, employment, business, income. Somebody correct me, please? What in McHenry County is better than it used to be?

  2. Thanks Jack Franks for convincing a majority of voters that you actually would “cut 10.” You’ve accelerated the descent into the hell they used to call McHenry County. It may take a while, but it can be done – when more than a handful of people make the decisions.

  3. Might the I90 Tollroad interchange at Illinois Route 23 be a factor in development of industry and business in McHenry County which would bring jobs?

  4. Murmuring, it’s partly due to all the nepotism by our elected officials to increase their household income (like the Millers, McClellan) and patronage jobs invented by elected officials such as Nunda Township and County board chairman Franks. Corruption.

  5. Russellville,
    You forgot (Pam Palmers sister Linda Gieseke), Sandy Salgado(Sherif Bill Prims dirty laundry hire as well as Matt McNamara who was hired as his deputy chief and let go for sexual harassment in the work place. (Tim Shchultz (son of Kathy Shultz), Patrick Kenneally hired Michelle courier because she lost her race as the Boone county states Attorney.
    The list is way too long to post here, but don’t just name the two that you don’t like for your own reasons.
    I got the list from our Recorder of deeds Joe Tirio’s political PAC since he ran on anti nepotism.

  6. Oh, I forgot to mention Ryan Provenzano son of Nick Provenzano. Prior county board member and Congressman Randy Hultgrens assistant for being hired by Andrew Gasser Algonquin township road commissioner and chuck (Charles) Lutzow.
    Ryan landed a job making over 30bucks an hour while the highest paid veteran employee was only in the upper 20’s.

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