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Jobs Increase in Eleven Metro Areas - Unemployment rate drops in all metros

​​​3/15/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in January in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas for the eighth consecutive month, 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.

“It is encouraging that more people are finding jobs,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “In fact, job growth has become more widespread across the state with 11 of 14 metro areas reporting increases.”

Illinois Surpasses Old Peak Employment Level - Illinois Unemployment Rate Dips in January

​3/12/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent in January and nonfarm payrolls increased by +200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. December jobs were revised down to show a slight drop (-700 jobs) rather than a slight gain as initially reported (+1,500 jobs). 

“Illinois job growth over the past year has been spurred by a resurgence in manufacturing.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Over the year, manufacturing payrolls accounted for close to half of the total increase of jobs in Illinois.”

Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board March Meeting Agenda

​3/12/18 - This agenda for the Video/Teleconference Meeting, on March 15, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. This agenda 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).​

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 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