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Gramercy Property Trust just bought this new building at 8901 W. 47th St. in McCook, IL, for $39.5 million, the largest purchase in the third quarter.

CHICAGO—The latest numbers on the Chicago region’s industrial market have come out, and it’s hard to discern any bad news. The market is on an incredibly healthy run, as users keep up a steady demand for space that developers are attempting to fulfill with a series of groundbreakings. 

And a strong regional job market means this expansion is likely to continue through 2017. According to Avison Young’s third quarter industrial market report, the metro area added more than 62,200 jobs this year as of August 2016, up 1.3% year-over-year, and the unemployment rate remained relatively unchanged at 5.4%. The sectors that recorded the highest year-over-year growth in employment were construction; leisure and hospitality. However, the manufacturing sector continued to see minimal growth.   

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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