1. DCEO
  2. Why Illinois
  3. Vibrant Business Climate

Numbers at a Glance

Illinois has the 5th Highest GDP in the United States
Illinois has over 2000 foreign firms that employ more than 350,000 residents
Illinois exports are over $60 billion annually
Illinois is 19th in the world in total GDP
Illinois labor force is 6.6 million
Illinois GDP is $695 billion (2012)
Chicago Metropolitan GDP is $547 billion (2012)
Nearly 323,000 jobs in Illinois are the result of foreign direct investment
75 nations maintain consulates in Illinois
Illinois has the 5th lowest tax rate on new investment
4,100 miles of new broadband fiber optic cable connects Illinois