|Vendor Contracted by Illinois Department of Employment Security Data Breached|
3/24/17 - IDES notified the Illinois General Assembly of confirmation that one of its vendors experienced a data breach affecting approximately 1.4 million Illinois job seekers, according to the vendor’s current estimate. The vulnerability was not the result of any deficiency in software maintained by the State of Illinois and may have impacted ten states.
“The threat of cyber-crime is a clear and present danger to the citizens of Illinois and our administration will continue pressing forward with a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy,” Eleni Demertzis, Spokeswoman for Governor Rauner. “We implore Comptroller Mendoza to reevaluate her decision to hold up funding for this important project, which everyday puts the people of Illinois at risk.”
|Unemployment rate drops to 5.4% in February - Over-the-year job growth remains behind national average|
3/23/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate declined 0.3 percentage points to 5.4 percent in February and nonfarm payrolls increased by +25,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data proved by the U.S.
|Unemployment Rates Increase in Most Metro Areas - More than half of Illinois Metro areas have fewer jobs than a year ago|
3/16/17 - The majority of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced increases in their over-the-year unemployment rate. Five of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, eight reported declines, and one was unchanged, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
|Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting - March 16, 2017|
3/14/17 - 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).
|Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 5.7% in January|
CHICAGO–Illinois’s unemployment rate held at 5.7 percent in January and nonfarm payrolls increased by +1,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and distributed today by IDES. December job growth was revised up to show an increase of +2,000 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of -16,700 jobs. The modest monthly gain in January payrolls kept job growth well below the national average, with Illinois -31,900 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.
"BLS revised up the jobs figures for both 2015 and 2016, as we expected due to the additional information based on our wage and employment filings," said IDES Director Jeff Mays. "Clearly, we’re disappointed that job growth hasn’t been more robust as we are still far behind the peak employment level of nearly 17 years ago."
|Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities (EEOFPWD) Meeting March 1, 2017|
2/23/17 - 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).
|Unemployment Rates Fall in All Metro Areas - Unemployment Rates Remain Higher than National Average in All 14 Illinois Metro Areas|
1/26/17 - All of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced declines in their over-the-year unemployment rate. Eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and six reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.
“Overall job growth continues to lag behind the national average,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “We’re adding jobs at a slower pace now than we were at the beginning of 2016.”
|Unemployment rate increases to 5.7% in December - Largest nonfarm payroll drop of the year|
1/20/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in December inched up +0.1 percentage points to 5.7 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -16,700 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.
“Nonfarm payrolls reflect the job market and this kind of drop is troubling, to say the least,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “It’s the largest monthly decline we’ve seen this year and the drop was across most sectors.”
|Reality Check App Puts Career Planning Tools in the Hands of Youth, Job Seekers|
1/18/17 - IDES has teamed up with the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) on a new Going Mobile initiative that will help teens, young adults and those considering career changes to obtain realistic projections and information. The app tells students and job seekers the reality about their career choice, so they can be prepared now for what the future could bring.
|Unemployment Rates Remain Higher than National Rate|
CHICAGO (12/22/16) – This month, 13 of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced declines in their over-the-year unemployment rates and one was unchanged. Eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and six reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.
“Job growth in Illinois’ metro areas still lag the rest of the nation,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The metro areas outside of Chicago have experienced more job growth recently than the Chicago metro area, which is a bit of a change from earlier in the year.”