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13,800 Jobs Pushes Unemployment Down to 6.7 Percent

9/18/14 - ​The Illinois unemployment rate fell in August for the sixth consecutive month to reach 6.7 percent while employers created +13,800 jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES. The data is seasonally adjusted.

Date Posted:9/18/2014
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Agenda - September 12,2014

​9/10/2014 -  Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Video/Teleconference Meeting - September 12, 2014. 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) 793-9292 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).

Date Posted:9/10/2014
IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Partner to Put Veterans to Work

9/9/14 - ​Hiring Our Heroes, one of the largest efforts to help Veterans and their family members find employment, returns to Chicago on Thursday, September 18. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary hosts.

Date Posted:9/9/2014
Chicagoland Leads Nation in Help-Wanted Ad Growth

​9/4/2014 - Chicagoland employers published 165,500 help wanted internet ads in August, an increase of 9,400 over July, IDES said today, citing the independent Conference Board. The monthly increase was greater than any metro area in the country.​​

Date Posted:9/4/2014
IDES Opens Employment Center in DuPage County

​8/26/2014 -  IDES opened a new employment center in DuPage County to help residents improve their job-readiness skills and return to work, officials announced.

Date Posted:9/3/2014
Veteran Hiring Event Nets 46 On-the-Spot Job Offers

​8/22/2014 - Forty-six on-the-spot job offers were made at this month’s Hiring Our Heroes event in Peoria that was sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and managed by IDES. The success illustrates how the state’s hiring portal,, links employers with qualified workers to grow their businesses and our economy.

Date Posted:8/22/2014
Unemployment Falls in Every Metro for Fourth Consecutive Month

8/21/2014 - July unemployment rates fell in every Illinois metro area for the fourth consecutive month and most are at six year lows, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. Rates also fell in all 102 counties for the second consecutive month. Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2014 with July 2013.

Date Posted:8/21/2014
July Unemployment Falls to 6.8 Percent

​8/14/14 - The Illinois unemployment rate fell in July for the fifth consecutive month to reach 6.8 percent while employers created 11,200 private-sector jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES. The data is seasonally adjusted.

Date Posted:8/14/2014
Misclassified Employees Force Taxpayers To Subsidize Costs, Harm Economy

​8/11/14 - Illinois employers wrongly classified nearly 20,000 of their workers as independent contractors rather than full-time employees in 2013, skipping out on more than $250 million in wages and contributions to funds that support laid-off and injured workers.

Date Posted:8/11/2014
204,000 Help Wanted OnLine Ads in July

​8/4/2014 - Illinois employers posted 204,000 help wanted ads on the internet in July and 85 percent sought full-time workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today, citing an independent report. The data is not seasonally adjusted.

Date Posted:8/4/2014
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