Coles Together - The economic development organization for Coles County


Abundant supply of skilled, well-educated labor. Competitive wage rates and superior worker productivity compared to competing markets. East Central Illinois Labor Productivity Factor (LPF) is 1.10 compared to U.S. LPF of 1.00.

A survey of local manufacturers indicates the labor force in this area demonstrates a high product quality, high productivity, high reliability and low absenteeism. The workers display a friendly attitude, possess a good work ethic, are honest and exhibit a spirit of cooperation. In fact, the labor productivity factor for the county is higher than the national average. Firms in the area participate in internship programs, skills assessment and advancement programs, mentoring, job shadowing, job fairs and career placement programs.

The average hourly production wage is $12.44 with a low of $8.80 and a high of $22.88 per hour. Literacy rates in the community are as follows:

88.9% of persons aged 25 – 64 have a high school diploma
23.4% of persons aged 25 – 64 have a Bachelor’s Degree
10% of persons aged 25 – 75 and above have a Masters Degree

Additionally, the percentage of area district teachers with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees is higher than the statewide average in both categories. The presence of Lake Land College in Mattoon and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston provides an academic environment conducive to the growth of firms using advanced technology. Click here for additional information on these two institutions of higher education.

22 major Coles County employers were surveyed to determine the commute patterns of their employees:

  • Total employment represented by the 22 employers = 8068
  • Employees that reside within Coles County = 5198
  • Employees drive from over 35 counties within the State of Illinois to work in Coles County

· Illinois Department of Employment Security figures indicate over 6730 skilled individuals in the East Central Illinois nine county region are unemployed and looking for work!

Coles Together
400 Airport Road
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
Ph: (217)258-5627 - Fax:( 217)235-9492