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Unemployment Rate Drops in All Metro Areas for Fifth Consecutive Month - Jobs increase in eight metro areas

11/22/17 - ​Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in October in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and in all 102 counties, 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 eight of the metropolitan areas and decreased in six.

“It is encouraging that the unemployment rate is down statewide and Illinois gained 18,200 jobs over the past year,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “However, six of the 14 metro areas did not add jobs, which is a clear sign of the need for more sustained job growth across all areas of the state.”

IDES holds Open House at the Rock Island American Job Center

​11/20/17 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security has enhanced its services at its Rock Island American Job Center office and held an Open House at the facility on Monday.

Director Jeff Mays, IDES Deputy Director Trina Taylor and local dignitaries from the Quad Cities area officially opened the doors at the 500 42nd Street Rock Island office. 

“The office is more accessible to the public and we’ll offer a wider array of services by virtue of expanding the office at the American Job Center,” Mays said. “IDES takes special pride in the relationships we have with our partner agencies in state government and collaborations like this are for the public good. We are proud to enhance these services in Rock Island.”

Illinois Jobs Up in October - Unemployment Rate Declines

​​11/16/17 (CHICAGO) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate dipped by 0.1 percentage points to 4.9 percent in October and nonfarm payrolls increased by +3,400 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. September job growth was revised up to show a smaller decline (-7,900 jobs) than initially reported (-10,800 jobs).

October’s monthly payroll drop kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. While Illinois job growth has had its ups and downs since the beginning of the year, the 3-month trend shows average declines of -2,300 jobs per month from August to October, while the six-month trend shows an increase of +1,900 average monthly job gains from May to October. Both the 3-month and the 6-month changes are better than reported last month.

“Month-to-month changes sometimes obscure important trends.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Illinois’ unemployment rate remained at 5.0 percent or lower for eight months – the last time that happened was in mid-2007.”

MyTax Illinois Unemployment Insurance Transition is Complete​

On Monday, September 11, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) successfully transitioned the Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax process over to the MyTax Illinois portal.  By working with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), more than 350,000 Illinois employers can now take advantage of MyTax Illinois to handle all State of Illinois tax processes.

As soon as MyTax Illinois was available, Illinois employers began filing their monthly and quarterly wage reports, making tax payments and requesting refunds, all online.  So far, more than 350,000 wage reports have been filed, over $30,000,000.00 in tax payments have been processed and nearly 2,200 electronic requests for refunds have been received.
The response from the employer community has been both positive and supportive of the modernization effort, which is a much improved tool for employers to better manage their UI tax payments.

“We’re pleased IDES was able to provide a seamless way for Illinois business owners to pay their UI taxes,” said Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. 

Looking ahead, the final October monthly UI wage reports are due by Thursday, November 30.

“We would suggest that you avoid the filing rush and set up your MyTax Illinois account now if you haven’t already and begin to file,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays.  “We strongly recommend that you not wait until the end of the month.”

For the latest transition information, please visit the IDES Employer Update page at  If you have any questions, please call the IDES Employer Hotline at (800) 247-4984.