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Illinois Adds 5,400 Jobs; Overall Job Growth Still Below National Average - Unemployment Rate increases to 6.6 %

​5/19/16 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in April rose 0.1 percentage points to 6.6 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by +5,400 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. Illinois remains -43,000 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.

Public Notice: Meeting Agenda - EEO for People with Disabilities

​5/5/16 - This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5ILCS 120/02).
Any individual planning to attend who will need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify Caroline Alamillo at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/NextTalk).

Metro Area Job Data Mixed - Unemployment Rates Increase in All Metro Areas

​4/21/16 - All metropolitan areas in Illinois experienced over the year unemployment rate increases for the second consecutive month, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

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​5/12/16 - If you receive your benefit payments on a red IDES MasterCard from Chase, please be aware that your card will be replaced in the near future with a 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 debit card change. 

Important Information on Recent Changes to the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act 

1/11/16 - Governor Rauner signed Public Act 99-0488 into law on December 4, 2015, which provides for changes to key sections of the Illinois Unemployment Insurance (UI) Act.  Among these changes are:

Elimination of Social Security Offset - UI benefits will no longer be reduced by the amount of social security payments a claimant receives (Section 611).  Note that the change in the law does not apply to any weeks that began before January 3, 2016. 

If you receive social security payments and you have continued to timely certify for benefits, IDES will make the necessary adjustments to reflect the law change in your benefit payment for the week ending January 9, 2016 and thereafter. 

If you receive social security payments and you have stopped certifying for UI benefits, but are still unemployed and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements under Illinois law, you may reopen your claim online at or by calling Claimant Services at (800) 244-5631. 

Definition of Misconduct - The General Assembly expanded the definition of misconduct to include eight new disqualifying provisions. Note that the new provisions added to Section 602A do not replace or preempt the general definition of “misconduct” or its judicial and administrative precedent. Instead, the new sections supplement existing law.
More information regarding changes to the Act can be found here.