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Illinois Payrolls Up in Nearly All Industries from Prior Year - Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in December

1/17/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in December and nonfarm payrolls increased by +13,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The November jobs gain was revised upward from the preliminary report (from +5,900 jobs to +8,000 jobs).

“It’s clear there is room to both grow the Illinois economy and create opportunity for working families,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “That’s why Governor Pritzker has taken action in his first days in office to protect and raise the wages of Illinois workers and strengthen workforce development training in growing industries. The governor looks forward to continuing to work with stakeholders, business leaders, and workers to create jobs statewide and ensure all of our communities can thrive.”

Notice Regarding Partial Federal Government Shutdown

​1/11/19 - This is official notice of the partial federal government shutdown as of December 22, 2018.

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) for Federal Employees program provides benefits for eligible unemployed former civilian Federal employees. The program is administered by States as agents of the Federal government.  This program is operated under the same terms and conditions that apply to regular State UI. In general, the law of the State in which your last official duty station in Federal civilian service was located will be the State law that determines eligibility for UI benefits. Federal agencies fund UI for federal employees.

Eligibility can only be determined once an unemployment claim is filed and established as valid.  A determination of eligibility will be made based on the reason and details of the separation from the most recent employer.

1099G forms out for those who received Unemployment Insurance - Electronic forms have been sent; Paper forms to follow

​1/8/19 - 1099G forms are out for those people who received Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits in 2018.

Those who opted to receive theirs electronically should have received an email last Friday. Our plans at this time are to mail out the paper forms by January 25, but the Internal Revenue Service has not announced when they will start accepting returns. 

IDES Accomplishments

8/29/18 - Eight million touches. That’s how many times the Illinois Department of E​mployment Security (IDES) interacts with Illinois’ residents and employers each year. These touches happen in many ways. Hundreds of thousands of touches come from Illinois workers who have been laid off from a job when they seek Unemployment In​surance financial assistance. Hundreds of thousands of touches come from employers when they file taxes or request tax refunds. Tens of thousands of touches come from unemployed workers and veterans seeking employment guidance or to reconnect with the workforce. The review that follows seeks to capture the scope and breadth of change that IDES employees have endeavored to make since January 2015 to improve every touch. This review is not in any sense a “Mission Accomplished” victory lap, because we know we still don’t get all the touches right. Rather, it is simply the most current chapter in IDES’ journal of service to Illinois.

But the beginning of this chapter must start with a thank you to Governor Rauner and his staff for their unwavering support; to the Legislature and their staff for their guidance and engagement; to the statewide business and labor leaders who, at every quarterly meeting encouraged us to stay the course; and most importantly, to my senior leadership and to the 1100+ employees of IDES from Mt. Vernon to Chicago, Quincy to Danville…they didn’t just embrace and implement the change…they helped envision it.

Certainly, there remain challenges before us. All that we stretched to accomplish is not done. These challenges will form the core of the next chapter. For our part, I believe IDES is very well positioned to move forward.

Sincerely,
Jeff Mays, Director

IDES Highlights and Accomplishments
January 2015 - June 2018​ 
 
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