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Pecenka, Joseph O.||Shuster, Louis J.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Management


Industrial location--Illinois; Illinois--Industries


An extensive review of available literature and numerous inquiries among state and local agencies in Illinois revealed a striking absence of statistical information about the resources of the major geographic parts of the State of Illinois. This study seeks to partially remedy this deficiency through the assembly and analysis of statistical data which describe manufacturing industry in the northern Illinois area. Values for eight variables which describe manufacturing industry were gathered for each of twenty-two counties and three Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas comprising the Northern portion of the state. These data were collected from reports published by the Bureau of the Census available for 1947, 1954, 1958 and 1963. A preliminary estimate of each of the variables was also made for the 1967 census year, since this data will not be published in its final form by the Bureau of the Census until approximately 1970. Four additional related variables were developed from the eight variables provided by the census. The data gathered are displayed in both tabular form and graphs. An intercorrelation study yielded correlation coefficients between all the variables. Statistical data presenting further analysis of the variables are also included in the study of each county and Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. These data, along with a discussion of threds exhibited by selected variables are presented for each of the geographic areas. Analysis of reports for the individual geographic areas studied, as well as analysis of the predominating significant correlation coefficients, support the following conclusions: There appears to exist a direct influence and "spill over" of the manufacturing activity in Cook county to the counties on the outlying edge of the Chicago Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. There appears to be a shift of manufacturing concentration from the traditional inner-city complex to the surrounding surburban areas. It was further concluded that while the number of firms in most geographic areas remained relatively stable, the number of employees increased. It was also noted that the proportion of non production employees has increased, while the proportion of production employees has decreased. The sum of the above yields a trend to larger firms with a declining number of production related employees and an increasing number of non production related employees.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes map.


iii, 205 pages




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