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Human Services as an Economic Engine

This series of data visualizations shows how human services drive jobs and stimulate economic benefits through the Illinois economy. Providers of human services throughout generate $4.5 billion a year in spending – economic activity that generates some $597 million in state and local taxes. It is an industry full of small businesses, serving as an important job creator.

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Economic Impact by County

Two-thirds Of Illinois’ 102 counties have ten or more human service establishments. Cook, Champaign, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Madison, Peoria, Rock Island, St. Clair, Sangamon, Will and Winnebago counties each have more than 100. The largest concentrations of human service workers per capita are found in counties immediate south of Chicago and in much of central Illinois.
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