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Job growth remains below national average - June Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly

​7/20/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent in June and nonfarm payrolls increased by +8,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. May job growth was revised up sharply to show an increase of +11,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +2,400 jobs.

“The unemployment rate increase and a decline in construction payroll are troublesome, but the trend of declining labor force is something we cannot ignore,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “This was the fourth consecutive over-the-month decline in labor force, which is now at its lowest level since March 2006.” 


Employment and Economic Opportunity For People With Disabilities Meeting Agenda

​7/17/17 - The Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities meeting will be held July 20, 2017. 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)​.

Next Meeting Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017​

Important notice regarding change in State Income Tax Withholding Amount

​7/7/17 - ​Effective for claimants who have elected to have state of Illinois income tax withheld from their benefit payments: Starting July 7, 2017, the state income tax withholding amount has increased from 3.75% to 4.95%


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

7/14/17 - As part of the IDES modernization effort, starting on September 11, 2017, Illinois employers will be able to use MyTax Illinois to complete all their unemployment insurance (UI) tax processes. IDES is putting more features and functionality online to better serve all of our employers’ needs.
With MyTax Illinois, employers will be able to:
  • File your UI wage reports and make your payments quickly and easily
  • Request refunds
  • Submit tax 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 your tax related 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 your State of Illinois tax needs. For Employers, if you would like to establish your MyTax Illinois account prior to the September 11, 2017 cutover, please contact the IDOR Central Registration staff at 1-217-785-3707 or visit the MyTax Illinois website for assistance. For Service Bureaus, IDES will be reaching out to you directly in early August 2017 with specific MyTax Illinois login information. If you already have a MyTax Illinois account, starting on September 11, 2017, you will have access to your unemployment insurance account.
IDOR and IDES are dedicated to improving the tax experience for all Illinois employers. Please visit our Employer Update website for the latest transition information on the new processes. 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