Metros where people in Chicago are getting new jobs

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April 26, 2022
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Metros where people in Chicago are getting new jobs

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly shifted the job market in cities and towns across the country. Millions of layoffs in early 2020 forced workers to search elsewhere for jobs. Record numbers of workers have quit their jobs in the past year in favor of new pursuits in different locales. And concerns over virus spread in population-dense areas also inspired many to leave urban areas, and their jobs, in favor of rural ones.

Emerging job markets in places like Austin, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, and Salt Lake City reflect cultural shifts in what workers are looking for in their jobs and their places of residence: year-round warmth that makes outdoor activities easy, lower income taxes, and tech-focused employers.

Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI found new jobs using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jobs-to-Jobs Flows. Metros are ranked by the number of people that started a new job from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in the first quarter of 2021.

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#30. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

- Started a new job in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 333
--- 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV in Q1 2021: 334
--- #17 most common destination from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Net job flow: 1 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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#29. Fort Wayne, IN

- Started a new job in Fort Wayne, IN from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 338
--- 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Fort Wayne, IN in Q1 2021: 286
--- #2 most common destination from Fort Wayne, IN
- Net job flow: 52 to Fort Wayne, IN
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#28. Decatur, IL

- Started a new job in Decatur, IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 344
--- 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Decatur, IL in Q1 2021: 286
--- #0 most common destination from Decatur, IL
- Net job flow: 58 to Decatur, IL
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#27. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

- Started a new job in Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 367
--- 1.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI in Q1 2021: 370
--- #6 most common destination from Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Net job flow: 3 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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#26. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

- Started a new job in Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 410
--- 1.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN in Q1 2021: 191
--- #6 most common destination from Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN
- Net job flow: 219 to Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

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#25. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

- Started a new job in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 423
--- 1.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL in Q1 2021: 134
--- #17 most common destination from Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Net job flow: 289 to Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
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#24. Michigan City-La Porte, IN

- Started a new job in Michigan City-La Porte, IN from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 423
--- 1.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Michigan City-La Porte, IN in Q1 2021: 424
--- #0 most common destination from Michigan City-La Porte, IN
- Net job flow: 1 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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#23. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

- Started a new job in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 441
--- 1.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX in Q1 2021: 323
--- #15 most common destination from Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Net job flow: 118 to Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
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#22. South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

- Started a new job in South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 468
--- 1.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI in Q1 2021: 423
--- #3 most common destination from South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI
- Net job flow: 45 to South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI
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#21. Carbondale-Marion, IL

- Started a new job in Carbondale-Marion, IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 512
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Carbondale-Marion, IL in Q1 2021: 477
--- #0 (tie) most common destination from Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Net job flow: 35 to Carbondale-Marion, IL

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#20. Madison, WI

- Started a new job in Madison, WI from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 525
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Madison, WI in Q1 2021: 393
--- #2 most common destination from Madison, WI
- Net job flow: 132 to Madison, WI
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#19. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

- Started a new job in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 541
--- 1.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO in Q1 2021: 244
--- #6 most common destination from Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Net job flow: 297 to Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
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#18. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA

- Started a new job in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 573
--- 1.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA in Q1 2021: 348
--- #17 most common destination from Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA
- Net job flow: 225 to Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA
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#17. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

- Started a new job in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 586
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL in Q1 2021: 218
--- #15 most common destination from Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
- Net job flow: 368 to Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
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#16. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

- Started a new job in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 593
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA in Q1 2021: 519
--- #14 most common destination from Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Net job flow: 74 to Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

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#15. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

- Started a new job in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 609
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI in Q1 2021: 510
--- #10 most common destination from Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
- Net job flow: 99 to Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
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#14. Racine, WI

- Started a new job in Racine, WI from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 612
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Racine, WI in Q1 2021: 517
--- #1 most common destination from Racine, WI
- Net job flow: 95 to Racine, WI
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#13. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

- Started a new job in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 657
--- 1.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL in Q1 2021: 679
--- #0 most common destination from Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Net job flow: 22 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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#12. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

- Started a new job in New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 739
--- 2.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA in Q1 2021: 836
--- #17 most common destination from New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Net job flow: 97 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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#11. Bloomington, IL

- Started a new job in Bloomington, IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 774
--- 2.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Bloomington, IL in Q1 2021: 743
--- #-1 most common destination from Bloomington, IL
- Net job flow: 31 to Bloomington, IL

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#10. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ

- Started a new job in Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 787
--- 2.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ in Q1 2021: 341
--- #5 most common destination from Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ
- Net job flow: 446 to Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ
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#9. Champaign-Urbana, IL

- Started a new job in Champaign-Urbana, IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 817
--- 2.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Champaign-Urbana, IL in Q1 2021: 832
--- #0 most common destination from Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Net job flow: 15 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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#8. Kankakee, IL

- Started a new job in Kankakee, IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 1,051
--- 2.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Kankakee, IL in Q1 2021: 1,175
--- #-1 most common destination from Kankakee, IL
- Net job flow: 124 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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#7. Springfield, IL

- Started a new job in Springfield, IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 1,069
--- 2.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Springfield, IL in Q1 2021: 916
--- #0 most common destination from Springfield, IL
- Net job flow: 153 to Springfield, IL
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#6. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

- Started a new job in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 1,157
--- 3.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX in Q1 2021: 557
--- #7 (tie) most common destination from Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
- Net job flow: 600 to Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

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#5. Peoria, IL

- Started a new job in Peoria, IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 1,419
--- 3.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Peoria, IL in Q1 2021: 1,472
--- #0 most common destination from Peoria, IL
- Net job flow: 53 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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#4. Rockford, IL

- Started a new job in Rockford, IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 1,870
--- 5.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Rockford, IL in Q1 2021: 2,031
--- #0 most common destination from Rockford, IL
- Net job flow: 161 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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#3. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI

- Started a new job in Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 2,009
--- 5.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI in Q1 2021: 1,865
--- #1 most common destination from Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI
- Net job flow: 144 to Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI
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#2. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

- Started a new job in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 2,433
--- 6.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN in Q1 2021: 2,024
--- #1 most common destination from Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
- Net job flow: 409 to Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
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#1. St. Louis, MO-IL

- Started a new job in St. Louis, MO-IL from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 2,589
--- 7.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from St. Louis, MO-IL in Q1 2021: 2,887
--- #1 most common destination from St. Louis, MO-IL
- Net job flow: 298 to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

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