People from these metros are finding new jobs in Rockford

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

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 Rockford, IL 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 Rockford, IL in the first quarter of 2021.

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#20. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

- Started a new job in Rockford from Dallas in Q1 2021: 11
--- #185 most common destination from Dallas
- Started a new job in Dallas from Rockford in Q1 2021: 24
--- 0.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 13 to Dallas
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#19. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

- Started a new job in Rockford from Minneapolis in Q1 2021: 11
--- #178 most common destination from Minneapolis
- Started a new job in Minneapolis from Rockford in Q1 2021: 5
--- 0.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 6 to Rockford
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#18. Decatur, IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from Decatur in Q1 2021: 11
--- #10 most common destination from Decatur
- Started a new job in Decatur from Rockford in Q1 2021: 14
--- 0.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 3 to Decatur
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#17. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

- Started a new job in Rockford from New York in Q1 2021: 11
--- #220 (tie) most common destination from New York
- Started a new job in New York from Rockford in Q1 2021: 9
--- 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 2 to Rockford
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#16. Non-metropolitan area(s), MO

- Started a new job in Rockford from Non in Q1 2021: 14
--- #68 (tie) most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Rockford in Q1 2021: 8
--- 0.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 6 to Rockford

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#15. Kankakee, IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from Kankakee in Q1 2021: 21
--- #10 (tie) most common destination from Kankakee
- Started a new job in Kankakee from Rockford in Q1 2021: 20
--- 0.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 1 to Rockford
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#14. Carbondale-Marion, IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from Carbondale in Q1 2021: 22
--- #14 most common destination from Carbondale
- Started a new job in Carbondale from Rockford in Q1 2021: 11
--- 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 11 to Rockford
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#13. Non-metropolitan area(s), IA

- Started a new job in Rockford from Non in Q1 2021: 26
--- #49 (tie) most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Rockford in Q1 2021: 11
--- 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 15 to Rockford
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#12. Springfield, IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from Springfield in Q1 2021: 32
--- #11 most common destination from Springfield
- Started a new job in Springfield from Rockford in Q1 2021: 41
--- 1.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 9 to Springfield
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#11. Bloomington, IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from Bloomington in Q1 2021: 35
--- #9 most common destination from Bloomington
- Started a new job in Bloomington from Rockford in Q1 2021: 47
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 12 to Bloomington

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#10. Champaign-Urbana, IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from Champaign in Q1 2021: 37
--- #11 most common destination from Champaign
- Started a new job in Champaign from Rockford in Q1 2021: 27
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 10 to Rockford
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#9. Madison, WI

- Started a new job in Rockford from Madison in Q1 2021: 40
--- #17 most common destination from Madison
- Started a new job in Madison from Rockford in Q1 2021: 62
--- 1.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 22 to Madison
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#8. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from Davenport in Q1 2021: 45
--- #12 most common destination from Davenport
- Started a new job in Davenport from Rockford in Q1 2021: 59
--- 1.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 14 to Davenport
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#7. Non-metropolitan area(s), WI

- Started a new job in Rockford from Non in Q1 2021: 57
--- #20 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Rockford in Q1 2021: 65
--- 2.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 8 to Non
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#6. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI

- Started a new job in Rockford from Milwaukee in Q1 2021: 78
--- #17 most common destination from Milwaukee
- Started a new job in Milwaukee from Rockford in Q1 2021: 74
--- 2.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 4 to Rockford

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#5. St. Louis, MO-IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from St. Louis in Q1 2021: 89
--- #23 most common destination from St. Louis
- Started a new job in St. Louis from Rockford in Q1 2021: 112
--- 3.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 23 to St. Louis
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#4. Peoria, IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from Peoria in Q1 2021: 91
--- #9 most common destination from Peoria
- Started a new job in Peoria from Rockford in Q1 2021: 97
--- 2.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 6 to Peoria
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#3. Janesville-Beloit, WI

- Started a new job in Rockford from Janesville in Q1 2021: 146
--- #6 most common destination from Janesville
- Started a new job in Janesville from Rockford in Q1 2021: 188
--- 5.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 42 to Janesville
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#2. Non-metropolitan area(s), IL

- Started a new job in Rockford from Non in Q1 2021: 340
--- #7 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Rockford in Q1 2021: 381
--- 11.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 41 to Non
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#1. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

- Started a new job in Rockford from Chicago in Q1 2021: 1,870
--- #4 most common destination from Chicago
- Started a new job in Chicago from Rockford in Q1 2021: 2,031
--- 61.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 161 to Chicago

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