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Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities

​8/26/15 - This agenda 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 Caroline Alamillo at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/NextTalk).

July Jobs in Illinois Increase +1,900; Illinois Job Growth Lags Behind Nation

8/20/15 – IDES announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in July declined to 5.8 percent and nonfarm payroll employment added +1,900 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The state’s job growth numbers, however, continue to trail those of all other states, and further delay Illinois’ economic recovery from the 2007-2009 recession.

“Since the beginning of this year, Illinois has gained only a quarter of the job growth seen by the rest of the country. Had we grown at the same pace, Illinois would have added 40,000 more jobs by now,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “With the added problem of a widening job growth gap between Illinois and the rest of the nation, we won’t achieve pre-recession job levels until September 2016, nearly two and a half years after the entire nation regained its jobs.”

Downstate Illinois Still Lagging in Job Growth - Unemployment Rates Continue Falling in All Metro Areas

​7/23/15 - ​June was the 16th month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in Illinois compared to a year ago, but job growth is still slow downstate, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Unemployment rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties for the 14th time in the last fifteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2015 with June 2014.​

Good news for employers
who experienced difficulty in monthly wage reporting

8/14/15 - IDES will provide relief to employers who tried their level best to comply with the new e-filing wage reporting requirement but were unable to for legitimate reasons.

IDES is issuing $16 million in refunds and/or credits, including associated interest charges, to nearly 13,000 Illinois employers who experienced difficulties in transitioning to monthly wage reports as required under the Medicaid reform legislation passed in 2012.  The Department began its two-phase reimbursement process on Aug. 13 – with $1.5 million issued to approximately 4,000 impacted employers and $14.5 million to be issued to the remaining impacted employers by the end of the 4th quarter.
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Important Information for State Employees Regarding UI benefits During Budget Impasse

8/1/15 -The current state budget situation presents a unique and fluid set of circumstances.  Existing precedent does not necessarily provide a definitive answer to every unemployment insurance question related to the situation.

Please note that individuals are ineligible for unemployment benefits if they continue to work as full-time employees of the state, even if they miss a paycheck.

Individuals are potentially subject to disqualification if they stop working and claim unemployment benefits in anticipation of possibly not receiving a paycheck on time.