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Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting

​9/18/17 - This agenda for the Video/Teleconference Meeting, on September 21, 2017, at 10:00 A.M., 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 the ADA coordinator at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).​

Illinois Job Growth Stuck in Neutral - August Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly

​​9/14/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.2 percentage points to 5.0 percent in August and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -3,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. July job growth was revised down to show an increase of +600 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +2,100 jobs.

“The Illinois economy is stuck in neutral with hardly any growth over the past several months,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “As a result, this has caused the state to experience a rising unemployment rate over the past three months.”

Pace of Job Growth Moderates in Most Metro Areas - Unemployment rate drops second month in a row in all metro areas

​8/24/17 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in July in all of Illinois’ metropolitan areas and all but two counties, 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 nine of the metropolitan areas, decreased in four and were unchanged in one.

 “The rate of job growth has lessened in most metros that showed gains,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While the gains in the Chicago area over the past year are promising, the drop in the unemployment rate is mostly due to the decline in the labor force.”

Coming in September 2017 - Report and Pay Unemployment Insurance Taxes through
MyTax Illinois


Employers - Please watch an important video about MyTax Illinois


7/14/17 - As part of the IDES modernization effort, starting on September 11, 2017, Illinois employers will be able to use MyTax Illinois to complete all their unemployment insurance (UI) tax processes. IDES is putting more features and functionality online to better serve all of our employers’ needs.
With MyTax Illinois, employers will be able to:
  • File your UI wage reports and make your payments quickly and easily
  • Request refunds
  • Submit tax appeals electronically
  • Request penalty/interest waivers
  • Maintain Power of Attorney relationships
  • Report quarterly zero wages
  • View your new annual rates immediately
  • Set up a deferred payment plan
  • See all your tax related IDES letters and correspondence online
  • And most importantly, complete all of your Illinois tax processing on one secure and proven (free) website, MyTax Illinois
We encourage you to fully utilize MyTax Illinois for all your State of Illinois tax needs. For Employers, if you would like to establish your MyTax Illinois account prior to the September 11, 2017 cutover, please contact the IDOR Central Registration staff at 1-217-785-3707 or visit the MyTax Illinois website for assistance. For Service Bureaus, IDES will be reaching out to you directly in early August 2017 with specific MyTax Illinois login information. If you already have a MyTax Illinois account, starting on September 11, 2017, you will have access to your unemployment insurance account.
IDOR and IDES are dedicated to improving the tax experience for all Illinois employers. Please visit our Employer Update website for the latest transition information on the new processes. If you have any questions, please contact the IDES Employer Hotline at 1-800-247-4984. Thank you!

Constance Beard
Director, IDOR

Jeffrey D. Mays
Director, IDES