|Unemployment Rates Decrease in Twelve Metro Areas - Much of Downstate still suffering job losses|
8/25/16 - Twelve of Illinois’ 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.
"Our job growth rate is still half that of the rest of the country,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Most of our job growth is concentrated primarily in the northeast corner of the state while downstate job growth continues to lag.”
|Labor Force Drops for Third Straight Month - Unemployment rate declines to 5.8%|
8/18/16 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in July decreased 0.4 percentage points to 5.8 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by +11,600 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 -41,200 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.
|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.”
Director Mays Highlights Benefits of Employment Service Registration Requirements
7/29/16 - 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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