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Illinois Unemployment Rate Dips in March - State has lowest number of unemployed in more than a decade

4/19/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.6 percent in March and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -2,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The February job gain was virtually unchanged from its initial report. (+15,300 jobs versus +15,200 jobs).

“The number of unemployed in Illinois is at its lowest level since December 2006 and the unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level since March 2007,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The stabilization of the labor force is also an encouraging sign.” 

Unemployment Rate Falls in Thirteen Metros - Jobs increase in eleven metros

​3/29/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in February in 13 of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and was unchanged in one, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in eleven of the metropolitan areas. 

“It’s certainly a robust start to 2018 with declining unemployment rates in most areas,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “In fact, the February unemployment rate in thirteen of the metros is the lowest it has been since at least 2000.” 


Illinois Payrolls Rise and Unemployment Dips in February

​3/22/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.7 percent in February and nonfarm payrolls increased by +15,200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. January jobs were revised down to show a slight drop (-1,300 jobs) rather than a slight gain as initially reported (+200 jobs).

“Illinois job growth is starting the year off with stronger momentum as average growth has picked up in early 2018,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “At the same time, the unemployment rate has declined to an 11-year low.”

 

Message regarding your 1099-G​

1/12/18 - If you collected unemployment insurance benefits in 2017, you will need the 1099-G tax form to complete federal and state tax returns. If you chose to receive your 1099-G electronically, you can access it here.
It’s easy.
Click the link Get Your Tax Information, and sign into your account. If you did not choose electronic notification, your form will be mailed to you by January 29th, to the last address we have on file.​
Please contact the Unemployment Insurance Claims Hotline at 1-800-244-5631 if you have any questions.

Use MyTax Illinois to Complete Your Illinois Unemployment Insurance Processin​g – All Online!

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We encourage you to fully utilize MyTax Illinois mytax.illinois.gov for all your State of Illinois tax needs. Please visit the IDES Employer Update page at www.ides.illinois.gov/MyTaxUI or contact the IDES Employer Hotline at 1-800-247-4984 for more information.  Thank you!
 
Jeffrey D. Mays 
Director, IDES 
February 2018 

 
 
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