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Unemployment rate holds at 5.5% - Manufacturing Jobs Continue Multi-Year Decline

​10/20/16 (CHICAGO) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in September held at 5.5 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by 7,400 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -38,800 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000. 

“Job growth has been uneven over the past several months,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Even with net job growth this year, Illinois still lags the nation in its recovery from the recession.” 
Unemployment Rate Remains Above National Average in All but Two Metro Areas - Job Growth Remains Mixed in the Metro Areas

​9/22/16 - Again this month, 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.

“Job growth is primarily confined to metro areas north of the I-80 corridor and even though it is growth, it is anemic growth when compared to other major metro areas across the country such as New York, Los Angeles and Dallas,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “And many of the Downstate metros still haven’t fully recovered from the recession.”
Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities September Meeting Agenda

This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/02), for the meeting held on 9/26/16.  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).

Future Meeting Dates:
Dec. 1, 2016 10am-1pm Murdock Rm, 100 W Randolph (5-300)
March 1, 2017 10am-1 pm Murdock Rm, 100 W Randolph (5-300)
June 1, 2017 10am-1pm Murdock Rm, 100 W Randolph (5-300)

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 

New Debit Cards are now being used.  Is your address up-to-date?  Sign in to make sure.

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.