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Illinois Payrolls Up in April - Unemployment Rate Unchanged

​5/16/19 - IDES announced today that nonfarm payrolls were up +20,900 jobs over-the-month and the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in April, unchanged from the prior month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The March jobs loss was revised upward from the preliminary report (from -2,800 to -6,100 jobs).

Gov. Pritzker Issues State Disaster Proclamation for Flooding in 34 Illinois Counties

​5/3/19 - Governor JB Pritzker has issued a state disaster proclamation for 34 counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The declaration will ensure state support to communities that are battling floods caused by weeks of elevated river levels and recent heavy rains. 

The disaster proclamation covers the following counties: Adams, Alexander, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jackson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Madison, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, Whiteside, Woodford. 

Jobs up in Eight Metro Areas - Unemployment rate up in most metros

​4/25/19 – The number of nonfarm jobs increased in eight Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in six, 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 unemployment rates increased over-the-year in March in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in one, and was unchanged in one. 

“We continue to see solid job growth taking hold in most metro areas,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “As more people enter the labor market to work or seek employment, this administration is committed to giving Illinois workers the training they need for the jobs of today’s economy.” 

Illinois College 2 Career

1/28/19 - IDES would like to tell you about Illinois Colleges 2 Career!
 ILC2C is a career-outcome-focused program that connects workforce statistics to in-state college and university data that enables students and parents to make informed choices about life after high school by providing real employment and educational outcomes for Illinoisans.
The idea is to help students and parents make college decisions based on the best fit college for a student. This information is gleaned from the real-time successes of a school’s graduates and includes data on graduation rates for each school, how much debt students typically incur in each of those schools, and how much they can earn after graduation from 20 different academic programs available at Illinois colleges.
Our Economic Analysis and Information Division collaborated with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to match student records with our very own IDES UI wage record data to create this informative tool.
So, this is where you come in – we need you to visit the website at and explore the site. It looks and feels like a mobile app, as it was built for today’s smart-phone savvy consumers, but it’s a website. Also, share the site with your family, friends, school contacts, networks, and any students you know who are thinking of heading to college.
This is the first time Illinois students and parents have access to information that shows how much students could potentially earn when they graduate from a two- or four-year college or university in Illinois. And we’re very proud of how this information will help guide our young people so they will choose to live, learn, and work here in Illinois.

        Find your future with Illinois College to Career!