People from these metros are finding new jobs in Chicago

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April 15, 2022
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People from these metros are finding new jobs in Chicago

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed the way we think about the nature of work, and in particular, where we live versus where we’re employed. Pre-pandemic, telecommuting or work-from-home situations existed, but they weren’t the norm. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans rarely or never telecommuted pre-pandemic. Months later, just over half of workers who could were telecommuting. Although vaccines were on the horizon—and with that, an imminent return to office life—many still preferred this new way of working.

Employees discovered that working from home certainly had an upside. No more long, stressful commute. They were more productive. Having more flexibility with time allowed them to better manage a household. For those who live in expensive real estate markets, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to make the leap to a more affordable city without sacrificing a big-city paycheck.

While many employers want to bring workers back to the office in some capacity, the work-from-home trend is likely here to stay. With it, smaller cities may continue to boom, as people leave larger cities for a different lifestyle. So, where in your state are people coming to settle and enjoy this new work-from-anywhere style of living? To find out, Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people are finding new jobs in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 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 in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in the first quarter of 2021.

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#20. Michigan City-La Porte, IN

- Started a new job in Chicago from Michigan City in Q1 2021: 424
--- #2 most common destination from Michigan City
- Started a new job in Michigan City from Chicago in Q1 2021: 423
--- 1.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 1 to Chicago
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#19. Carbondale-Marion, IL

- Started a new job in Chicago from Carbondale in Q1 2021: 477
--- #2 (tie) most common destination from Carbondale
- Started a new job in Carbondale from Chicago in Q1 2021: 512
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 35 to Carbondale
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#18. Non-metropolitan area(s), WI

- Started a new job in Chicago from Non in Q1 2021: 501
--- #8 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Chicago in Q1 2021: 573
--- 1.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 72 to Non
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#17. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

- Started a new job in Chicago from Detroit in Q1 2021: 510
--- #12 most common destination from Detroit
- Started a new job in Detroit from Chicago in Q1 2021: 609
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 99 to Detroit
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#16. Racine, WI

- Started a new job in Chicago from Racine in Q1 2021: 517
--- #3 most common destination from Racine
- Started a new job in Racine from Chicago in Q1 2021: 612
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 95 to Racine

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#15. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

- Started a new job in Chicago from Los Angeles in Q1 2021: 519
--- #16 most common destination from Los Angeles
- Started a new job in Los Angeles from Chicago in Q1 2021: 593
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 74 to Los Angeles
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#14. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

- Started a new job in Chicago from Dallas in Q1 2021: 557
--- #9 (tie) most common destination from Dallas
- Started a new job in Dallas from Chicago in Q1 2021: 1,157
--- 3.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 600 to Dallas
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#13. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

- Started a new job in Chicago from Davenport in Q1 2021: 679
--- #2 most common destination from Davenport
- Started a new job in Davenport from Chicago in Q1 2021: 657
--- 1.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 22 to Chicago
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#12. Bloomington, IL

- Started a new job in Chicago from Bloomington in Q1 2021: 743
--- #1 most common destination from Bloomington
- Started a new job in Bloomington from Chicago in Q1 2021: 774
--- 2.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 31 to Bloomington
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#11. Non-metropolitan area(s), IN

- Started a new job in Chicago from Non in Q1 2021: 770
--- #5 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Chicago in Q1 2021: 831
--- 2.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 61 to Non

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#10. Champaign-Urbana, IL

- Started a new job in Chicago from Champaign in Q1 2021: 832
--- #2 most common destination from Champaign
- Started a new job in Champaign from Chicago in Q1 2021: 817
--- 2.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 15 to Chicago
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#9. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

- Started a new job in Chicago from New York in Q1 2021: 836
--- #19 most common destination from New York
- Started a new job in New York from Chicago in Q1 2021: 739
--- 2.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 97 to Chicago
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#8. Springfield, IL

- Started a new job in Chicago from Springfield in Q1 2021: 916
--- #2 most common destination from Springfield
- Started a new job in Springfield from Chicago in Q1 2021: 1,069
--- 2.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 153 to Springfield
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#7. Kankakee, IL

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

- Started a new job in Chicago from Peoria in Q1 2021: 1,472
--- #2 most common destination from Peoria
- Started a new job in Peoria from Chicago in Q1 2021: 1,419
--- 3.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 53 to Chicago

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#5. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI

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

- Started a new job in Chicago from Indianapolis in Q1 2021: 2,024
--- #3 most common destination from Indianapolis
- Started a new job in Indianapolis from Chicago in Q1 2021: 2,433
--- 6.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 409 to Indianapolis
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#3. Rockford, IL

- Started a new job in Chicago from Rockford in Q1 2021: 2,031
--- #2 most common destination from Rockford
- Started a new job in Rockford from Chicago in Q1 2021: 1,870
--- 5.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 161 to Chicago
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#2. St. Louis, MO-IL

- Started a new job in Chicago from St. Louis in Q1 2021: 2,887
--- #3 most common destination from St. Louis
- Started a new job in St. Louis from Chicago in Q1 2021: 2,589
--- 7.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 298 to Chicago
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#1. Non-metropolitan area(s), IL

- Started a new job in Chicago from Non in Q1 2021: 3,345
--- #2 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Chicago in Q1 2021: 3,577
--- 9.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 232 to Non

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