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Unemployment Falls in All Metros for Third Consecutive Month

​7/24/14 - June unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state for the third consecutive month and remain at six year lows, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

June Rate Falls to 7.1 Percent as State Adds 6,000 Jobs - Lowest Rate Since October 2008

​​7/17/14 - Chicago – The Illinois unemployment rate fell in June for the fourth consecutive month to reach 7.1 percent while employers created 6,000 jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES. The data is seasonally adjusted.

212,000 Help Wanted OnLine Ads in June

​7/8/14 - More than 212,000 help wanted ads for Illinois job openings were posted on the internet in June and 85 percent sought full‑time workers, IDES said today, citing an independent report. The data is not seasonally adjusted.



July 2014 - The Department of Employment Security works with local Workforce Investment Act (WIA) partners to return the unemployed to work.

IDES’ role to match the current skills of the unemployed with the needs of employers was established in the 1933 Wagner-Peyser Act.

The 1998 WIA augments Wagner-Peyser. If the unemployed do not have the skills needed by local employers, WIAs coordinate job training to meet those needs.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, has more information on roles in the workforce system here.

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