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Illinois Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.3 percent - Three-Month Average Jobs Up in February

​3/21/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in February, unchanged since November 2018, and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -12,600 jobs over-the-month based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. January  jobs gain was revised upward from the preliminary report (from +24,400 to +26,700 jobs).

Average payroll employment growth during the December to February three-month period was +7,200 jobs, with the largest gains in Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Professional and Business Services and Leisure and Hospitality. 

Gov. Pritzker Names New Director of Illinois Department of Employment Security

3/19/19 - Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker made the following personnel announcement:

Gustavo Giraldo will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Since 2011, Giraldo has served as the chief of diversity and strategic development at the Illinois Tollway. The first to hold that position, Giraldo worked to increase participation of Disadvantaged, Minority and Women Business Enterprises (D/M/WBEs) employed by the agency’s $14 billion, 15-year capital development program. He previously served various roles within the City of Chicago government — as deputy procurement officer, where he oversaw the contract services; managing deputy commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, where he managed a department budget of $38 million; and director of contract administration.

Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting Agenda - March 21, 2019

​3/18/19 - 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 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!