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Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.2 Percent

​1/23/15 - The Illinois unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 6.2 percent in December. Nonfarm payroll employment gained +17,100 jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES.. 

Metro Unemployment Falls For Eighth Consecutive Month

​12/23/14 - November unemployment rates fell in every metro for the eighth consecutive month and all are at six or seven year lows, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES. Rates also fell in all 102 counties for the fifth time out of six months.

November Unemployment Falls to 6.4 Percent

​12/18/2014 - Illinois employers added +2,300 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent despite more people looking for work, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The data is seasonally adjusted.

IDES 4 Year Report

January 12, 2015 - The four-year report for the Illinois Department of Employment Security is complete. It is available at the IDES’ website and here.

The report provides detailed facts and figures that show why IDES is the state’s employment agency. It also shows how technology has transformed how the Department interacts with workers and employers.

Finally, it identifies new initiatives despite annual federal budget reductions that led to a 40 percent reduction in staff.

Did You Know…

  • ​$69.4 Million… reduction in IDES’ operating budget between FY 11 and FY 15, representing a 26 percent decrease.
  • 2.5 Million and counting… job postings viewed during the first three quarters of 2014.
  • 167,380… employers who saw a decrease in the unemployment insurance rate in 2014.