Decatur, IL Ranked Fourth in the Nation for Best Places to Work in Manufacturing
Decatur, Illinois – Decatur, Illinois was recently ranked fourth in the nation as a best place to work in manufacturing in 2020.
SmartAsset ranked the nation’s “Best Places to Work in Manufacturing” by comparing nearly 400 metro areas across the following metrics: manufacturing as a percentage of the workforce, job and income growth between 2015 and 2019, job and income growth between 2017 and 2018, housing costs as a percentage of income, and unemployment. From these findings, the financial technology company concluded that Decatur, IL saw income for manufacturing jobs increase by 33.08%, the fourth-highest increase in the study. The ranking also mentioned Decatur’s affordable housing was the fifth-lowest rate for the metric across all 378 metro areas.
“There is a popular belief in America today that Manufacturing is something that we once did,” said Andrew Taylor, economic development officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County. “At 22.5% of our employment base, Macon County is living proof that it is something that we still do.”
For more information on the 2020 Manufacturing Report and SmartAsset, click here.
About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County
The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.
Nicole Bateman, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County