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Jobs Up in Eight Metros; Down in Six Areas

7/28/16 - CHICAGO – Eight of Illinois’ 14 metropolitan (metro) areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rate and eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“One metropolitan area losing jobs is one too many,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While we boost our efforts to help employers connect with qualified candidates, we also need effective policies in place to realize robust job growth in Illinois.”

More Illinoisans Leave Labor Force - Illinois Job Growth Still Lags Nation; Unemployment rate declines to 6.2%

​7/21/16 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in June decreased 0.2 percentage points to 6.2 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -2,200 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois’ unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -51,500 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.​

“In June, Illinois experienced yet another exodus and over-the-year job growth is still at half the national rate,” Director Jeff Mays said. “As we do our part in expanding services that help jobseekers find work more quickly, structural reforms are necessary to get the state’s economy back on track.” 

State Reminding Jobseekers to Register for Employment Service, Provide Resume for New Unemployment Insurance Claims Filed on or after July 17

​7/12/16 -  The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is reminding jobseekers who file claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits on or after July 17, 2016, to register for employment service and upload at least one resume to – before they can receive an unemployment payment (unless they are exempt from the requirement).

Individuals who are currently receiving benefits are not required to register again. IDES provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who have lost their job through no fault of their own and are seeking new employment.

Director Mays Highlights Benefits of Employment Service Registration Requirements


/29/16 - Director Mays discussed the employment service registration requirement at a press conference in Springfield on July 12 to help get the word out about IDES’ enhanced efforts to help jobseekers find work more quickly.

Watch the video presentation


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7/29/16 - Benefit payments to those using debit cards are now made on the blue IDES MasterCard from KeyBank. To avoid payment interruptions, please make sure your address is up to date. To update your address, sign in or call (800) 244-5631​.​ Questions and Answers about the new debit card program.