Workforce Partners FAQs
FAQs by Workforce Partners
The frequently asked questions (FAQs) provided below highlight topics and specific questions that partners often ask IDES.
How are national unemployment rates developed? How are people who exhaust their Unemployment Insurance benefits included in the unemployment statistics?
Data on the number of unemployed who have exhausted their Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits is captured through a monthly household survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The household survey classifies as unemployed anyone who was without a job but available and actively looking for work sometime during the four week period ending with the reference week (usually the week including the 12th). This survey does not include a requirement or question related to UI benefits.
When will unemployment rates for the next month be available? Do you have statistics on union membership in Illinois? How are unemployment rates calculated?
The national unemployment rate is produced through a monthly household survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The statewide unemployment rate is not calculated directly from the national household survey because the sample size at the state level is too small to produce reliable estimates. Instead, statewide unemployment statistics are derived indirectly through BLS-designed time series models.
Unemployment rates for metropolitan areas, counties and cities are developed through a complex, multi-step process that includes a variety of data inputs, such as total non-farm employment estimates, unemployment insurance claims, population and employment data from the Census Bureau and employment and unemployment controls used to adjust for groups not covered by the Unemployment Insurance system.
Where can I find information on the number of layoffs in Illinois? Where can I find current unemployment rates for all areas including Illinois, metropolitan areas, counties and cities?
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