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Job growth remains below national average - July Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly

​8/17/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent in July and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. June job growth was revised down to show an increase of +6,400 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +8,600 jobs.

“The strong employment growth exhibited in the U.S. is not being felt in Illinois,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Nonfarm payroll growth in the state remains anemic and labor force participation continues to decline.”

New Unemployment Insurance Process to Streamline Tax Experience for Illinois Employers

​8/14/17 - Beginning September 11, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s MyTax Illinois will become Illinois employers’ most convenient option for filing unemployment insurance monthly wage reports, quarterly unemployment insurance reports, and for making contribution payments.  The transition is a joint effort between the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) to simplify the tax experience for both new and existing Illinois employers.

“I’m excited because two large State agencies, IDOR and IDES, are working together on this very critical project,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “We’ll be able to serve employers better and more efficiently because employers will have modern tools at their fingertips with a safer and faster way to conduct business with IDES.”​

Job Growth Increases in Most Metro Areas But Still Below National Growth Rate

​​CHICAGO (7/27/17) – Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in June in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and all but two counties, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES.

“We gained jobs but at about half the rate than the rest of the country,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Although the unemployment rates are lower compared to last year, the labor force continues to shrink in most metro areas across the state.”

Coming in September 2017 - Report and Pay Unemployment Insurance Taxes through
MyTax Illinois

7/14/17 - As part of the IDES modernization effort, starting on September 11, 2017, Illinois employers will be able to use MyTax Illinois to complete all their unemployment insurance (UI) tax processes. IDES is putting more features and functionality online to better serve all of our employers’ needs.
With MyTax Illinois, employers will be able to:
  • File your UI wage reports and make your payments quickly and easily
  • Request refunds
  • 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 most importantly, complete all of your Illinois tax processing on one secure and proven (free) website, MyTax Illinois
We encourage you to fully utilize MyTax Illinois for all your State of Illinois tax needs. For Employers, if you would like to establish your MyTax Illinois account prior to the September 11, 2017 cutover, please contact the IDOR Central Registration staff at 1-217-785-3707 or visit the MyTax Illinois website for assistance. For Service Bureaus, IDES will be reaching out to you directly in early August 2017 with specific MyTax Illinois login information. If you already have a MyTax Illinois account, starting on September 11, 2017, you will have access to your unemployment insurance account.
IDOR and IDES are dedicated to improving the tax experience for all Illinois employers. Please visit our Employer Update website for the latest transition information on the new processes. If you have any questions, please contact the IDES Employer Hotline at 1-800-247-4984. Thank you!

Constance Beard
Director, IDOR

Jeffrey D. Mays
Director, IDES