Census stats show impact of local retail

census-news-picRetail remains king in west-central Illinois, providing the majority of the jobs and accompanying payroll in the region, according to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

In the 11-county west-central Illinois region — which includes Morgan and surrounding counties and those west to the Mississippi River — retail trade provides the majority of jobs for the region’s 119,081 workers, who take in more than $4.3 billion a year in payroll.

In Morgan County, for example, retail trade accounts for 17 percent of the 12,670 employees at 881 businesses in Morgan County. Retail is followed by health care and social assistance at 14 percent and construction at 11 percent.

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