Every town will say they’ve got a great workforce.  Salem has a great labor pool, too.  Here’s some details about it.

  • In 2013, North American Lighting (NAL) implemented plans and successfully expanded its employee count to over 1,000 workers, an increase in approximately 300 persons.
  • Jarco of Salem was in search for a new site to relocate their propane truck assembly line. The City was able to accommodate their relocation into a larger and expandable, 50,000 square-foot facility in the Salem Industrial Park. Jarco’s workforce was a huge factor in the decision to stay in Salem.  JarcoGeneral Manager, Tracy Timmerman said, “I’ve met some of the best people I’ve ever worked with [here]…there are guys here who have worked 10, 15, 20 years.  They come to work because they love what they do, and they’re good at it.”
  • According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Marion County had a civilian labor force totaling 17,939 in December 2015, of which 16,644 were employed and 1,295 were unemployed.
  • The December 2015 unemployment rate was 7.2% in Marion County.
  • During the Spring/Summer of 2015, the City of Salem interviewed eight Salem employers who employ 1,679 workers among them. These employers reported that 1,440, or almost 86%, of these workers live in Marion County.


County of ResidenceWorkforce%
Jefferson 995.90%
All Other392.32%