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Online System Restored

​​7/11/19 - Our system has been restored. Thank you for your patience. You may now go online to file a claim or certify for benefits. You can also certify for benefits by using the mobile​ site or by calling Tele-Serve at 312-338-4337. For any questions, please contact our call center at 800-244-5631. | Frequently Asked Questions

Jobs up in Twelve Metro Areas - Unemployment rate down in twelve metros

​6/27/19 - CHICAGO – The number of nonfarm jobs increased in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in two, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the IDES.  Data also show unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in May in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas and increased in two.

“Job growth was widespread across most metro areas in May as job opportunities and confidence in the economy continue to improve,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “Gov. Pritzker and his administration are building on this success with bold bipartisan investments that will help create and support more good jobs, whether it’s helping to rebuild our roads and bridges, teach students at our schools and universities or expanding broadband throughout the state.”

Illinois 3-Month Average Payrolls Up in May - Unemployment Rate Unchanged

6/20/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that nonfarm payrolls were down -2,400 jobs over-the-month and the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in May, unchanged from the prior two months, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The April jobs increase was revised downward from the preliminary report (from +20,900 to +18,400 jobs).

Illinois payroll employment has shown variability in the past several months, as has National employment. Average payroll employment growth in Illinois during the March to May three-month period, which provides a more stable measure of payroll employment change, was +3,300 jobs, with the largest gains in Leisure and Hospitality (+1,800), Education and Health Services (+1,300) and Construction (+1,200).

Illinois College 2 Career

1/28/19 - IDES would like to tell you about Illinois Colleges 2 Career!
 ILC2C is a career-outcome-focused program that connects workforce statistics to in-state college and university data that enables students and parents to make informed choices about life after high school by providing real employment and educational outcomes for Illinoisans.
The idea is to help students and parents make college decisions based on the best fit college for a student. This information is gleaned from the real-time successes of a school’s graduates and includes data on graduation rates for each school, how much debt students typically incur in each of those schools, and how much they can earn after graduation from 20 different academic programs available at Illinois colleges.
Our Economic Analysis and Information Division collaborated with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to match student records with our very own IDES UI wage record data to create this informative tool.
So, this is where you come in – we need you to visit the website at and explore the site. It looks and feels like a mobile app, as it was built for today’s smart-phone savvy consumers, but it’s a website. Also, share the site with your family, friends, school contacts, networks, and any students you know who are thinking of heading to college.
This is the first time Illinois students and parents have access to information that shows how much students could potentially earn when they graduate from a two- or four-year college or university in Illinois. And we’re very proud of how this information will help guide our young people so they will choose to live, learn, and work here in Illinois.

        Find your future with Illinois College to Career!