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Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend in All Metro Areas; Modest Job Growth Still Uneven Across State

8/27/15 - ​July was the seventeenth 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 the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties for the fifteenth time in the last sixteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2015 with July 2014.

“The year-over-year statewide unemployment rate has declined from 7.3 percent to 5.9 percent and continues to fall in all metro areas,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “However, we are still concerned that the long-term unemployed are still having difficulty finding jobs while there were 205,700 on-line job postings by Illinois employers in July.”

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.”

Good news for employers
who experienced difficulty in monthly wage reporting

8/28/15 - 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 will issue $16 million in credits, including associated interest charges, to nearly 13,000 Illinois employers who experienced difficulties in transitioning to new wage reporting requirements under the 2012 Medicaid reform law and Department rulemaking.  The Department credited $1.5 million on Aug. 14 to approximately 4,000 impacted employers and $14.5 million will be credited to the remaining number of employers by the end of the 4th quarter.  Refunds would be issued only if the credits cannot be applied to other liabilities by Jan. 31, 2016, under a rule agreed upon by the business and labor communities.
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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.