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Illinois Payrolls Jump +18,100; Unemployment Rate Steady at 4.3%

7/19/18 (​CHICAGO) – IDES announced today that the unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent in June and nonfarm payrolls increased by +18,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The May job gain was revised down slightly from its initial report to show a smaller gain. (+7,700 jobs versus +8,600 jobs).

Job growth accelerated in the April to June period posting average monthly gains of +9,500 jobs over this three-month period, more than the 6-month average monthly gain of +7,500 jobs between January and June 2018.

“June’s payroll gain is the largest in 12 months and the third largest in 24 months,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Illinois’ unemployment rate held steady in June and stands at its lowest point in 12 years.”



Date Posted:7/19/2018
Redesigned Unemployment Insurance Online Application Is Now Available to the Public

7/18/18 - People now have an easier-to-use, streamlined application and the amount of time it takes to file online will be reduced. Redundant questions were removed and several new questions were added to improve job search assistance for veterans and migrant seasonal farmworkers. Military and federal workers can also use the tool.

This upgrade is part of a customer-centered focus IDES officials feel is crucial in serving the public. 

“One of the primary goals of this project was to improve the claimant online experience while continuing to maintain the integrity of the system by detecting and preventing fraud, said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The new application will help to improve integrity measures. Later in the year, IDES will launch a modernized, mobile-friendly technology that will allow claimants to easily and securely request their bi-weekly benefit payment. That will be followed by a complete refresh of the agency website.”



Date Posted:7/18/2018
2018 Illinois Economic Report

​7/2/18 - The 2018 Illinois Economic Report is separated into two main sections.

The first section compares data for the U.S. with data for Illinois, Economic Development Region (EDR) 4 (Northeast Region that includes the Chicago metropolitan area in Illinois), and IL BOS (The balance-of-state of Illinois remaining after subtracting out EDR 4). This section shows distinctions in the economy, labor force and demographic characteristics between EDR 4 and IL BOS.

The second section of the report allows for comparisons between the ten EDRs for roughly the same types of data covered in the first section. Data for population, industry composition, economic production and cost of living is compared for the regions.

 


Date Posted:7/2/2018
Unemployment Rate Continues Falling in All Metro Areas - Jobs increase in eleven metros

​​6/21/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in May in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in eleven of the metropolitan areas.

“For the third consecutive month, the unemployment rate is below the previous year levels in all metro areas,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “And, job growth was reported in 11 of the state’s 14 metro areas with many downstate metros now showing improvement.”


Date Posted:6/21/2018
Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting

6/15/18 - This agenda for the Video/Teleconference Meeting, on June 21, 2018, at 10:00 A.M., 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 the ADA coordinator at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).​



Date Posted:6/15/2018
Illinois Unemployment Rate Declines Fifth Month in a Row in May

​​6/14/18 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent in May 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. The April job gain was revised down slightly from its initial report to show a smaller gain. (+2,500 jobs versus +4,700 jobs).

“Through the first five months of the year, jobs are growing faster than each of the past two years,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “More than half of the year-to-date gain of nearly 28,000 jobs is coming from those sectors with higher-than-average wages.”


Date Posted:6/14/2018
Unemployment Rate Falls in All Metros for Second Consecutive Month - Jobs increase in nine metros

5/24/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in April in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in nine of the metropolitan areas.

“The unemployment rate has been below previous year levels in all metro areas for ten of the last eleven months,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “In fact, three metro areas saw their lowest unemployment rate on record for April.”


Date Posted:5/24/2018
Illinois Unemployment Rate Declines to 12-year Low in April

5/17/18 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.2 percentage point to 4.4 percent in April and nonfarm payrolls increased by +4,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The March job gain was revised up from its initial report to show a slight gain. (+2,500 jobs versus -2,100 jobs).

“Illinois’ unemployment rate decreased for the fourth month in-a-row to its lowest level since 2006,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “At the same time, online job postings on IllinoisJoblink are up nearly 8 percent from a year ago, so job opportunities have improved.”​


Date Posted:5/17/2018
IDES Leads Statewide SIDES Workshop

​4/26/18 - On Wednesday, April 25, IDES hosted 50 representatives from more than 30 state agencies, commissions and universities in Springfield.

John Stegner, statewide claims manager for IDES, led a claims workshop for the agencies and informed them on how to use the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES). This is the electronic platform for processing unemployment claims to provide notice to employers of a claim against them and it allows them either accept the unemployment insurance (UI) claim.


Date Posted:4/26/2018
Unemployment Rate Falls in All Metros - Jobs increase in ten metros

​4/26/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in March in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in ten of the metropolitan areas.

“We continue to see declining unemployment rates in all areas,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “In fact, the March unemployment rate was down in all but one of Illinois’ 102 counties.” 


Date Posted:4/26/2018
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