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July Unemployment Falls to 6.8 Percent

​8/14/14 - The Illinois unemployment rate fell in July for the fifth consecutive month to reach 6.8 percent while employers created 11,200 private-sector jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES. The data is seasonally adjusted.

Misclassified Employees Force Taxpayers To Subsidize Costs, Harm Economy

​8/11/14 - Illinois employers wrongly classified nearly 20,000 of their workers as independent contractors rather than full-time employees in 2013, skipping out on more than $250 million in wages and contributions to funds that support laid-off and injured workers.

204,000 Help Wanted OnLine Ads in July

​8/4/2014 - Illinois employers posted 204,000 help wanted ads on the internet in July and 85 percent sought full-time workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today, citing an independent report. The data is not seasonally adjusted.

IDES and WIA

July 2014 - The Department of Employment Security works with local Workforce Investment Act (WIA) partners to return the unemployed to work.

IDES’ role to match the current skills of the unemployed with the needs of employers was established in the 1933 Wagner-Peyser Act.

The 1998 WIA augments Wagner-Peyser. If the unemployed do not have the skills needed by local employers, WIAs coordinate job training to meet those needs.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, has more information on roles in the workforce system here.

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