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Notice Regarding Partial Federal Government Shutdown

​1/11/19 - This is official notice of the partial federal government shutdown as of December 22, 2018.

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) for Federal Employees program provides benefits for eligible unemployed former civilian Federal employees. The program is administered by States as agents of the Federal government.  This program is operated under the same terms and conditions that apply to regular State UI. In general, the law of the State in which your last official duty station in Federal civilian service was located will be the State law that determines eligibility for UI benefits. Federal agencies fund UI for federal employees.

Eligibility can only be determined once an unemployment claim is filed and established as valid.  A determination of eligibility will be made based on the reason and details of the separation from the most recent employer.


Date Posted:1/11/2019
1099G forms out for those who received Unemployment Insurance - Electronic forms have been sent; Paper forms to follow

​1/8/19 - 1099G forms are out for those people who received Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits in 2018.

Those who opted to receive theirs electronically should have received an email last Friday. Our plans at this time are to mail out the paper forms by January 25, but the Internal Revenue Service has not announced when they will start accepting returns. 


Date Posted:1/8/2019
Jobs Increase in most Metro Areas - Unemployment rate up in eleven metros

​12/28/18 - Unemployment rates increased over-the-year in November in eleven of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, decreased in two, and was unchanged in one, 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 twelve of themetropolitan areas.

“Payrolls rose in most metro areas across the state” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “At the same time, the unemployment rate increased in most metros, mostly due to more people entering or reentering the labor force as many of the local economies continue to improve.”


Date Posted:12/28/2018
Illinois Payrolls Up in Most Industries from Prior Year - Unemployment Rate Unchanged in November

12/20/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in November and nonfarm payrolls increased by +5,900 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The October jobs gain was revised downward from the preliminary report (from +10,300 jobs to +6,800 jobs).

Job growth was moderate during the September to November period posting an average monthly change of +4,800 jobs, an improvement over the prior month when the three-month average change was +1,800 jobs.

“Nonfarm payrolls were up over-the-month led by gains in professional and business services and educational and health services jobs “said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The unemployment rate was unchanged in November, but lower than it was a year ago.”


Date Posted:12/20/2018
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting Agenda - December 13, 2018

​12/11/18 - 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:12/11/2018
Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in most Metros - Jobs increase in ten metros

​11/21/18 - Unemployment rates increased over-the-year in October in twelve of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and decreased in two, 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. “The unemployment rate increased over the year in most metro areas across the state,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The increases were mostly due to more people reentering the job market and not immediately securing a job.”


Date Posted:11/21/2018
Illinois Unemployment Rate Inches Up on Labor Force Growth - October Payrolls Up in Most Industry Groups

11/15/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 4.2 percent in October and nonfarm payrolls increased by +10,300 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The September job gains were revised downward from the preliminary report (from +2,800 jobs to +1,700 jobs).

Job growth was moderate during the August to October period posting an average monthly change of +3,000 jobs, an improvement over the prior month when the three-month average change was -500 jobs.

“Nonfarm payrolls were up over-the-month led by gains in trade, transportation and utilities, information and manufacturing, “said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The unemployment rate was about unchanged in October, inching up only slightly but lower than it was a year ago.”


Date Posted:11/15/2018
IDES lowers unemployment taxes for seventh straight year - Nearly 300,000 business owners to pay lower payroll taxes in 2019

11/5/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) today announced the regular unemployment rates for 2019 will be lower for more than 92 percent of the state’s employers who are required to register and pay state Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes. 

Illinois business owners are on target to pay $1.9 billion in UI taxes in 2018 and will pay $1.66 billion in 2019, an estimated $240 million decrease. In 2012, Illinois businesses paid $3.36 billion in UI taxes, which means the state has lowered the tax by 50.6 percent over the last seven years.  

“The cost of doing business in Illinois has continued to decline for the vast majority of employers when it comes to Unemployment Insurance,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Even as our tax rates have been consistently dropping, our UI Trust Fund balance will close out the year at a near-record high of $1.9 billion even as we have paid off $930 million in bonds.” 


Date Posted:11/5/2018
Two Agencies Unite for a Better Illinois

10/31/18 - In 2015, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) wanted to replace its unemployment insurance tax systems with one modern system. Ten years prior and 200 miles away, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) had implemented a new tax system. From July 2016 to September 2017, IDES, IDOR and IDOIT worked with Fast Enterprises to add IDES’s unemployment insurance tax to IDOR’s existing GenTax implementation, replacing five IDES legacy systems and upgrading to the latest version of GenTax.


Date Posted:10/31/2018
NASCIO Recognizes Illinois for Outstanding Accomplishments in IT

​10/26/18 - The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced the state of Illinois’ unemployment insurance tax modernization project as the winner for the Digital Government: Government to Business category as part of their 2018 State IT Recognition Awards​. 

In addition, Illinois was selected as a finalist in two other award categories including the Illinois Blockchain Initiative for Emerging & Innovative Technologies and Illinois’ Security Operations Center for Cybersecurity. There were 31 finalists in 10 categories that NASCIO recognizes for outstanding achievement in State IT.


Date Posted:10/26/2018
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