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Illinois Unemployment Rate Dips in December - Jobs Nearly Unchanged

​CHICAGO (1/19/18) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent in December and nonfarm payrolls increased by +1,500 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. November jobs were revised up to show a slight gain (+3,100 jobs) rather than a slight loss as initially reported (-1,100 jobs).

“The unemployment rate dropped in December, even as the labor force increased in the final quarter of the year.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Payrolls overall have now increased by about a half-percent over the year to date, which is an additional 29,600 jobs.”
 
Unemployment Rate Drops in All Metro Areas for Sixth Consecutive Month - Jobs increase in ten metro areas

​12/28/17 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in November in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in ten of the metropolitan areas and decreased in four.

“It is encouraging that job growth was reported in ten of the fourteen metro areas,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “More than 30,000 of those jobs were created in the Chicago Metro area, so we need continued stronger growth statewide.”

Illinois Jobs Dip in November - November Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

12/21/17 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent in November and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -1,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES.

“Illinois employment growth saw a lot of over-the-month ups and downs this past year.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “But payrolls overall have increased by about a half-percent over the year to date, which is an additional 23,900 jobs.”

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.​
IDES Director Jeff Mays Shares on Embracing Collaboration for Digital Process

One of the many roles of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (DES) is the collection of unemployment insurance taxes for Illinois businesses. This process has historically been a laborious and paper intensive system and until recently, operated on technology that dated back to the 1990's.
 
When exploring options for a more automated system to run this important revenue stream for the state, DES realized that the Department of Revenue already had a system in place that could also achieve their goals with minimal customizations. Multi-agency initiatives such as this one are possible because of the digital transformation underway in Illinois. With an enterprise approach to technology, opportunities for collaboration and improved efficiencies are being recognized with increasing frequency.
 
As stated by DES Director Jeff Mays, "It's about the touches with the people these agencies serve. This turnaround really is happening and it's an honor to be part of this group."
 
Watch more from Director Mays here:
DoIT Strategy Summit
December 2017