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Only Two of 14 Metros Exceeded National Average Job Growth Rate - Unemployment rate drops in most metro areas

​6/22/2017 - Unemployment rates were down over-the-year in all but one of Illinois’s metro areas and down in all but two of Illinois’s counties. Nine of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and five reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. 

“While the job gains in the northeastern corner of the state show some signs of recovery, the rate of job growth remains well below the national average,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “There are pockets of modest job growth Downstate, but we’ve yet to see any sustainable trends.”


Job Growth Remains Below National Average - May Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly

​6/15/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate declined -0.1 percentage points to 4.6 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,400 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. 

"Illinois remains -23,300 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “If Illinois had grown at the National average over that time, the State would have an additional 650,000 jobs.”

Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board

6/14/17 - This agenda for the Video/Teleconference Meeting, on June 15, 2017, 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).​

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

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 of your State of Illinois tax needs. If you would like to establish your MyTax Illinois account prior to the September 2017 cutover, please contact the IDOR Central Registration staff at 1-217-785-3707 or please visit the MyTax Illinois website for assistance. If you already have a MyTax Illinois account, starting in September 2017, you will have access to your unemployment insurance account.
Please feel free to share this letter with your tax preparer.
IDOR and IDES are dedicated to improving the tax experience for all Illinois employers. Keep watching the IDES website for additional information. 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

May 2017