Labor Market

The availability of qualified labor is important for the successful operation of any facility. The Midwest Inland Port area provides access to a labor force of over 533,000 within a one hour drive of Decatur.

Specialized Labor

The Midwest Inland Port area has comparatively strong availability of employment specialization in manufacturing and other targeted industries than competitive markets. Please see charts below.



*Location Quotient of Warehousing and Storage Labor (NAICS 493), Manufacturing Labor (NAICS 31-33) and Food Manufacturing Labor (NAICS 311) within the MSA for Decatur, IL 62526 (MIP); Elwood, IL 60421 (Greater Chicago) (CHI); Plainfield, IN 46168 (Indianapolis) (IND); Kansas City, MO 64161 (Kansas City) (KS); and Granite City, IL (St. Louis) (STL); Quotients above 1.00 indicate a greater degree of industry specialization than the comparable region (USA); **Chicago Food Manufacturing Labor Reported by County; Data Source: US Dept. of Labor (Year 2013 Data).