THE LOST DECADE: Cook County loses 26% of manufacturing jobs

BY THOMAS HARGROVE November 25, 2011 11:32PM

FILE–An office building on the Motorola campus in Harvard, Ill., about 60 miles northwest of Chicago, is shown Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001. The company announced it will close its cell-phone manufacturing plant in Harvard, Ill., and eliminate 2,500 jobs. (AP Photo/Charles Bennett)

Cook County lost more than a quarter of its manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2010, according to a new analysis.

Cook lost some 89,100 jobs, more than any other county in the United States except for Los Angeles County, which saw 113,000 jobs disappear. Detroit’s Wayne County lost 84,000 manufacturing jobs, according to a Scripps Howard News Service tally.

Every county in the Chicago area lost manufacturing jobs in that time span — more than 125,500.