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April Jobs Increase +4,800 in Illinois

5/21/15 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in April held steady at 6.0 percent.  The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for April, which dipped slightly from the prior month to 5.4 percent.  Nonfarm payroll employment gained +4,800 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Illinois Metro Unemployment Rates Drop; Job Growth Stalls

4/23/15 - March was the thirteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by IDES and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Rates also fell in all 102 counties for the twelfth consecutive month and the thirteenth time out of the past fifteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares March 2015 with March 2014.​

March Jobs Decline -1,800 in Illinois

​4/16/15 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in March held steady at 6.0 percent.  The state’s unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national unemployment rate reported for March, which also was unchanged from the prior month at 5.5 percent.  Nonfarm payroll employment shed -1,800 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Looking for a job this summer? Check out Summer Job Central.

5/26/15 -  IDES’ Summer Job Central program provides links to resources, websites with summer job listings and a parents' guide to summer work.  Explore internships, volunteering or starting yo​ur own business as ways to gain experience and have fun!  Here’s how to get started: 

Summer Job Central 2015