Tuscola’s centralized location in East Central Illinois provides for a significant amount of skilled workers within a 40 mile radius of the community. Proximity to several major universities and community colleges gives local employers access to extensive potential employees and wide ranging training capabilities for new and existing workers.

TCED is currently partnering with the East Central Illinois Development Corporation (ECIDC) to complete a new labor survey of the 13 county East Central Illinois area. County-wide data will be solicited from major area employers including focus on manufacturing employers.

Tuscola is the home to a satellite office of the Crossroads Workforce Investment Board located in Jarman Center. This office provides immediate local access to job training and workforce development information and resources.

TCED is conducting a Business Retention survey of current members in the Tuscola area. Goal of survey is to establish what tools and resources are most needed by local business. This will enable TCED to better focus energy on meeting those needs.

Wage Rates
Wage data is gathered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The following wage rates are for experienced workers in selected occupations working in the Economic Development Region 2 East Central Illinois:

Occupation

Entry

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Occupation

Entry

Top

Accountant/Auditor

$18.96

$34.18

 

Maintenance Mechanic

$15.28

$25.98

Assembler-Electronic

$9.72

$15.08

 

Office Clerk

$9.13

$15.60

Assembler-Production

$9.43

$13.21

 

Secretary

$11.26

$19.68

Computer Operator

$10.30

$16.02

 

Sheet Metal Worker

$13.81

$25.87

Computer Programmer

$16.63

$32.49

 

Ship-Receiving Clerk

$10.12

$16.34

Data Entry Operator

$10.24

$14.59

 

Systems Analyst

$21.41

$37.01

Drill or Punch Press

$11.60

$18.50

 

Technician

$11.37

$23.92

Engineer

$22.65

$39.20

 

Tool & Die Maker

$15.47

$24.59

Janitor/Porter/Cleaner

$8.87

$15.06

 

Warehouse Worker

$10.76

$16.47

Laborer

$11.31

$21.94

 

Welder

$10.81

$18.72

Machinist

$11.66

$17.74

 

Word Processor

$12.81

$20.19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois Department of Employment Security website — 3rd Quarter 2011