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Unemployment Rate Falls in All Metros for Second Consecutive Month - Jobs increase in nine metros

5/24/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in April in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in nine of the metropolitan areas.

“The unemployment rate has been below previous year levels in all metro areas for ten of the last eleven months,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “In fact, three metro areas saw their lowest unemployment rate on record for April.”

Illinois Unemployment Rate Declines to 12-year Low in April

5/17/18 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.2 percentage point to 4.4 percent in April and nonfarm payrolls increased by +4,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The March job gain was revised up from its initial report to show a slight gain. (+2,500 jobs versus -2,100 jobs).

“Illinois’ unemployment rate decreased for the fourth month in-a-row to its lowest level since 2006,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “At the same time, online job postings on IllinoisJoblink are up nearly 8 percent from a year ago, so job opportunities have improved.”​

IDES Leads Statewide SIDES Workshop

​4/26/18 - On Wednesday, April 25, IDES hosted 50 representatives from more than 30 state agencies, commissions and universities in Springfield.

John Stegner, statewide claims manager for IDES, led a claims workshop for the agencies and informed them on how to use the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES). This is the electronic platform for processing unemployment claims to provide notice to employers of a claim against them and it allows them either accept the unemployment insurance (UI) claim.

Message regarding your 1099-G​

1/12/18 - If you collected unemployment insurance benefits in 2017, you will need the 1099-G tax form to complete federal and state tax returns. If you chose to receive your 1099-G electronically, you can access it here.
It’s easy.
Click the link Get Your Tax Information, and sign into your account. If you did not choose electronic notification, your form will be mailed to you by January 29th, to the last address we have on file.​
Please contact the Unemployment Insurance Claims Hotline at 1-800-244-5631 if you have any questions.

Use MyTax Illinois to Complete Your Illinois Unemployment Insurance Processin​g – All Online!

Employers can now use MyTax Illinois to complete all your unemployment insurance (UI) tax processes. There are now even more features and functionality to better serve your needs.

With MyTax Illinois, employers will be able to:
  • ✓ File your UI wage reports and make your payments quickly and easily
  • ✓ Request refunds online – get your refunds faster
  • ✓ Submit tax appeals electronically
  • ✓ Request penalty/interest waivers
  • ✓ Maintain Power of Attorney relationships
  • ✓ Report quarterly zero wages
  • ✓ View your new annual rates immediately
  • ✓ Set up a deferred payment plan
  • ✓ See all your tax related IDES letters and correspondence online
  • ✓ And much, much more...
We encourage you to fully utilize MyTax Illinois mytax.illinois.gov for all your State of Illinois tax needs. Please visit the IDES Employer Update page at www.ides.illinois.gov/MyTaxUI or contact the IDES Employer Hotline at 1-800-247-4984 for more information.  Thank you!
 
Jeffrey D. Mays 
Director, IDES 
February 2018 

 
 
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