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Jobs Up in All Metro Areas for First Time Since May 2000 - Unemployment rate down or unchanged in thirteen Metros

​​8/22/19 - The number of nonfarm jobs increased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in July, 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 shows the unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in July in eleven Illinois metropolitan areas, increased in one and was unchanged in two.

“We are thrilled to announce that jobs grew in every metro area for the first time since May 2000 and this administration will continue to build on our momentum with policies that invest in our future,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “That’s why Governor Pritzker worked hard to pass a balanced budget that makes historic investments in education and a bipartisan capital bill that will help grow our economy for years to come.” 


Date Posted:8/22/2019
Illinois Payrolls Hold Steady in July - Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.2 Percent

​​8/15/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that nonfarm payrolls were about unchanged over-the-month, down -400 jobs, and the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in July, down -0.1 percentage point from the prior month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The June jobs increase was revised from the preliminary report (from +11,400 to +7,600 jobs).


Date Posted:8/15/2019
Unemployment Rate Down in All Metro Areas - Jobs up in Eleven Metros

7/25/19 – Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in June in all fourteen Illinois 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 the number of nonfarm jobs increased in eleven Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in three.

“Job growth is reaching all corners of Illinois and this administration is acting boldly to build upon that momentum,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “On the strength of a bipartisan budget and capital bill, Illinois is once again investing in its roads, bridges, and universities to create an economy that supports working families.”


Date Posted:7/25/2019
Illinois Payrolls Up 11,400 in June - Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3 Percent

7/18/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that nonfarm payrolls increased +11,400 jobs over-the-month and the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in June, down -0.1 percentage point from the prior month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The May jobs decline was revised from the preliminary report (from -2,400 to +2,300 jobs).

“Job growth remains strong in Illinois, and this administration looks forward to continuing to build on that growth with policies aimed at lifting up working families, “said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “With a balanced budget, a bipartisan capital plan investing in horizontal and vertical infrastructure, and legislation to raise wages and support small businesses, we are confident we are laying the groundwork for long term economic growth across Illinois.”  


Date Posted:7/18/2019
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Date Posted:7/11/2019
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.”


Date Posted:6/27/2019
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).


Date Posted:6/20/2019
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting Agenda -June 20, 2019

​6/18/19 - 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 the ADA coordinator at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).​


Date Posted:6/18/2019
Jobs up in Most Metro Areas - Unemployment rate up as job growth continues

5/23/19 – The number of nonfarm jobs increased in ten Illinois metropolitan areas, remained the same in one and decreased in three, 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 unemployment rates increased over-the-year in April in eleven Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in one, and was unchanged in two.

“Job growth remains strong in most areas of the state, which is encouraging more Illinoisans to enter the labor force,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “This administration is working to continue this growth by providing workers with the training they need and restoring fiscal responsibility in state government.”


Date Posted:5/23/2019
Illinois Payrolls Up in April - Unemployment Rate Unchanged

​5/16/19 - IDES announced today that nonfarm payrolls were up +20,900 jobs over-the-month and the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in April, unchanged from the prior month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The March jobs loss was revised upward from the preliminary report (from -2,800 to -6,100 jobs).


Date Posted:5/16/2019
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