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Jobs Decline In More Than Half of Metro Areas - Unemployment rate drops in most metro areas

​5/25/17 - Unemployment rates were down over-the-year in all but one of Illinois’s metro areas. “Declining unemployment rates relative to a year ago aren’t good news when they reflect declining labor force rather than growing employment,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “More disconcerting is the weakening employment growth across the metro areas; even Chicago-area growth is moderating.”

Nonfarm payrolls remain 25,600 below prior peak - Unemployment rate drops to 4.7% in April

5/18/17 - ​CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate declined -0.2 percentage points to 4.7 percent in April and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -7,200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. Due to payroll declines for both March and April, Illinois remains -25,600 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000. 

“Illinois did not participate in the nation’s job growth in April,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Furthermore, the decline in the unemployment rate was largely due to a drop in the labor force, not more people working.”

Job Losses Reported in More than Half of the Metro Areas - Unemployment rate declines in most areas

​4/27/17 - Unemployment rates were down over-the-year in all but one of Illinois’s metro areas. Six of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and eight reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. 

This month’s report almost mirrors last month’s,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The only difference is the overall increase in jobs is down when compared to last month. Even though the unemployment rate is lower, we still don’t have enough people working.”

Coming in September 2017 - Report and Pay Unemployment Insurance Taxes through MyTax Illinois

As part of the IDES modernization effort, starting on September 11, 2017, Illinois employers will be able to use MyTax Illinois to complete all of their unemployment insurance (UI) processes.  IDES is putting more features and functionality online to better serve all of our employers’ needs.

In addition to filing your UI wage reports online, with MyTax Illinois employers will be able to:

  • Make your payments quickly and easily

  • Request refunds

  • Submit appeals electronically

  • Request penalty/interest waivers

  • Maintain Power of Attorney relationships

  • Report quarterly zero wages

  • View your new annual rates immediately

  • Set up a deferred payment plan

  • See all of your IDES letters and correspondence online

  • And most importantly, complete all of your Illinois tax processing on one secure and proven (free) website, MyTax Illinois!

We encourage you to fully utilize MyTax Illinois for all of your State of Illinois tax needs.  If you would like to establish your MyTax Illinois account prior to the September 2017 cutover, please contact the IDOR Central Registration staff at 1-217-785-3707 or please visit the MyTax Illinois website for assistance.  If you already have a MyTax Illinois account, starting in September 2017, you will have access to your unemployment insurance account.

Please feel free to share this information with your tax preparer.

IDOR and IDES are dedicated to improving the tax experience for all Illinois employers.  Keep watching the IDES website for additional information.  If you have any questions, please contact the IDES Employer Hotline at 1-800-247-4984. Thank you!

Constance Beard
Director, IDOR

Jeffrey D. Mays
Director, IDES

May 2017