The Chase theater on a busy day in Illinois.


Retail supports enough Illinois jobs to fill Soldier Field for three Chicago Bears football seasons.

Retail is the nation's largest private sector employer driving the U.S. economy and creating jobs in the communities around the country. Retail is everywhere - especially in Illinois. Here is a quick look at retail's impact. Download the full report here. 

Illinois retail by the numbers

Jobs Supported by Retail
Retail Establishments
$106.9 (b)
Total GDP Impact
Direct Retail Employment
$32,827 (m)
Direct Labor Income
$50,179 (m)
Direct Impact on GDP

Retail jobs in Illinois

The Retail Across America/Illinois crew explores the history and impact of family retail businesses in Chicago, including Kozy’s Cyclery; neighborhood grocer Potash Markets; and destination retailer ABT Electronics, a company that employs more than 1,300 area residents.

The report, The Economic Impact of the U.S. Retail Industry is underwritten by American Express.

Source: All data comes from the PwC report, The Economic Impact of the U.S. Retail Industry, except where otherwise noted.

The retail industry is defined as including retail, food services and drinking places.
Unless otherwise noted, the total impact statistics combine the industry’s direct, indirect and induced impacts. Employment is defined as the number of payroll and self-employed jobs, including part-time jobs. Labor income is defined as annual wages and salaries and benefits as well as proprietors’ income. An establishment is a single physical location at which business is conducted. A business may consist of more than one establishment.