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Unemployment Rates Remain Higher than National Rate

CHICAGO (12/22/16) – This month, 13 of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced declines in their over-the-year unemployment rates and one was unchanged. Eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and six reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“Job growth in Illinois’ metro areas still lag the rest of the nation,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The metro areas outside of Chicago have experienced more job growth recently than the Chicago metro area, which is a bit of a change from earlier in the year.”


Governor Rauner Signs Legislation to Aid Granite City Steel Mill Workers

Bipartisan legislation will extend unemployment benefits to approximately 2,000 laid off workers

SPRINGFIELD (12/19/16) - Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Senate Bill 1941, legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits for up to an additional 26 weeks to approximately 2,000 workers laid off from the Granite City Steel Mill in 2015.
"This legislation will help the hard working families of the Metro East who lost their jobs through no fault of their own," said Governor Rauner. "While we are encouraged by the recent news that more than 200 jobs will return to the Granite City facility, we hope that by extending unemployment benefits we are able to help the other laid off workers bridge the gap until they are gainfully employed again. Our administration will continue to push to help the steel industry and other manufacturers create jobs through common sense reforms to grow jobs, lower property taxes, improve schools and enact term limits."


Unemployment rate unchanged at 5.6%

​12/15/16 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in November remained at 5.6 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by +1,700 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“Through 11 months of 2016, the nation’s rate of growth continues to outpace our rate by 50 percent,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The biggest sector gains have been in professional and business services with 37,200 jobs added, while the biggest losses have been in manufacturing, with 8,700 fewer jobs.”

Employers Mark Your Calendar -
September 2017 

 IDES to Implement New Unemployment Insurance Process​

A Message from the Director​​

IDES is working with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) to integrate the monthly wage reporting, the quarterly unemployment insurance report filing and the contribution payment process into the MyTax Illinois portal.

MyTax Illinois is the secure website used by Illinois employers and individual taxpayers to electronically file and pay more than 200 taxes and fees.  Bringing the unemployment insurance process into MyTax Illinois makes great business sense and simplifies the tax experience for both new and existing Illinois employers.   

Some of the benefits that you can expect to see will include the ability to:
  • Register your new business with IDES and IDOR in one secure location​
  • Eliminate the time you now spend completing and mailing paper reports by filing your wage reports and paying your unemployment contributions electronically
  • Make changes to your account information quickly and easily
  • Get immediate online confirmation that reports and payments have been received and processed timely
  • View IDES correspondence, account balances and other documents through a secure message center

The scheduled roll out date is September 2017.  Keep watching the IDES website for additional information.  If you have any questions, please contact the IDES Employer Hotline at 1-800-247-4984.  Thank you!

Jeff Mays, Director
Novembe​r 2016