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State to Issue $16 million in Credits to Reverse Penalties for Monthly Electronic Wage Reporting

​8/27/15 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will issue $16 million in credits, including associated interest charges, to nearly 13,000 Illinois employers who experienced difficulties in transitioning to new wage reporting requirements under the 2012 Medicaid reform law and Department rulemaking.  The Department credited $1.5 million on Aug. 14 to approximately 4,000 impacted employers and $14.5 million will be credited to the remaining number of employers by the end of the 4th quarter.  Refunds would be issued only if the credits cannot be applied to other liabilities by Jan. 31, 2016, under a rule agreed upon by the business and labor communities.


Date Posted:8/28/2015
Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend in All Metro Areas; Modest Job Growth Still Uneven Across State

8/27/15 - ​July was the seventeenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties for the fifteenth time in the last sixteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2015 with July 2014.

“The year-over-year statewide unemployment rate has declined from 7.3 percent to 5.9 percent and continues to fall in all metro areas,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “However, we are still concerned that the long-term unemployed are still having difficulty finding jobs while there were 205,700 on-line job postings by Illinois employers in July.”


Date Posted:8/27/2015
Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities

​8/26/15 - This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 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).



Date Posted:8/26/2015
July Jobs in Illinois Increase +1,900; Illinois Job Growth Lags Behind Nation

8/20/15 – IDES announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in July declined to 5.8 percent and nonfarm payroll employment added +1,900 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The state’s job growth numbers, however, continue to trail those of all other states, and further delay Illinois’ economic recovery from the 2007-2009 recession.

“Since the beginning of this year, Illinois has gained only a quarter of the job growth seen by the rest of the country. Had we grown at the same pace, Illinois would have added 40,000 more jobs by now,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “With the added problem of a widening job growth gap between Illinois and the rest of the nation, we won’t achieve pre-recession job levels until September 2016, nearly two and a half years after the entire nation regained its jobs.”


Date Posted:8/20/2015
Downstate Illinois Still Lagging in Job Growth - Unemployment Rates Continue Falling in All Metro Areas

​7/23/15 - ​June was the 16th month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in Illinois compared to a year ago, but job growth is still slow downstate, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Unemployment rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties for the 14th time in the last fifteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2015 with June 2014.​


Date Posted:7/23/2015
June Jobs in Illinois Decrease -7,500 - Illinois Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.9 percent

​7/16/15 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in June declined to 5.9 percent and nonfarm payroll employment shed -7,500 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).


Date Posted:7/16/2015
Unemployment Rates Down in All Metro Areas

​6/25/15 - ​​May was the fifteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties. Not seasonally adjusted data compares May 2015 with May 2014.​


Date Posted:6/25/2015
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting June 2015

​6/24/15 - This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/02).  Any individual planning to attend who will need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify Anna D’Ascenzo at (312) 793-1160 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).


Date Posted:6/24/2015
May Jobs in Illinois Increase +9,200; Job Growth Still Lagging Behind Other States

​6/18/15 - IDES announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in May held steady at 6.0 percent.  The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for May, which inched up from the prior month to 5.5 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment gained +9,200 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).


Date Posted:6/18/2015
Illinois Metro Unemployment Rates Continue Dropping

​5/28/15 - April was the fourteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Rates also fell in 101 of Illinois’s 102  counties. Not seasonally adjusted data compares April 2015 with April 2014.​


Date Posted:5/28/2015
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