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Unemployment Rate Continues Falling in All Metro Areas - Jobs increase in eleven metros

​​6/21/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in May 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 eleven of the metropolitan areas.

“For the third consecutive month, the unemployment rate is below the previous year levels in all metro areas,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “And, job growth was reported in 11 of the state’s 14 metro areas with many downstate metros now showing improvement.”
​Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting

6/15/18 - This agenda for the Video/Teleconference Meeting, on June 21, 2018, at 10:00 A.M., conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/02). Any individual planning to attend who will need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify the ADA coordinator at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).​

Illinois Unemployment Rate Declines Fifth Month in a Row in May

​​6/14/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +8,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The April job gain was revised down slightly from its initial report to show a smaller gain. (+2,500 jobs versus +4,700 jobs).

“Through the first five months of the year, jobs are growing faster than each of the past two years,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “More than half of the year-to-date gain of nearly 28,000 jobs is coming from those sectors with higher-than-average wages.”

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
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  • ✓ 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 for all your State of Illinois tax needs. Please visit the IDES Employer Update page at or contact the IDES Employer Hotline at 1-800-247-4984 for more information.  Thank you!
Jeffrey D. Mays 
Director, IDES 
February 2018