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Illinois Metros See Minimal Job Growth; Seven Metro Areas Lose Jobs - Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend

​11/25/15 - Unemployment rates in Illinois fell in 12 metro areas, increased in one and remained the same in one. Seven metro areas across the state saw job loss compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Not seasonally adjusted data compares October 2015 with October 2014.

Rauner Administration Reaches Collective Bargaining Agreements with SEIU & Additional Trade Unions

​11/23/15 - Governor Bruce Rauner and the following labor unions have agreed to terms on new four-year collective bargaining agreements:  Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”), Local 1 Chicago, the International Union of United Food and Commercial Workers, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Three Councils of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters, and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenter’s Regional Council), the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers, the Laborers International Union of North America, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, & Transportation Workers, and Illinois State Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.  

Readout of Governor Rauner Calls with WH Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

​11/23/15 - Governor Rauner and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough spoke by phone late Friday about the governor’s unanswered requests for information related to the Syrian refugee program.

Important Information about NAICS Credits to Employers

10/20/15 - During routine preparation of tax rates for calendar year 2016, the Department discovered program errors that inflated unemployment insurance (UI) tax rates for 2013, 2014 and 2015 for new employers in certain industries. However, we have found a solution to remedy this problem and to help prevent this from happening again.

The Department has corrected billing rates for all impacted years and each rate will be mailed separately to employers.   If employers have already paid UI taxes at the incorrect higher rates, they will be credited for these overpayments and any excess applied to any past due taxes.  The final credit can be applied to future quarterly contributions.  

More information is available here.​