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Jobs Up in Eight Metros; Down in Six Areas

7/28/16 - CHICAGO – Eight of Illinois’ 14 metropolitan (metro) areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rate and eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“One metropolitan area losing jobs is one too many,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While we boost our efforts to help employers connect with qualified candidates, we also need effective policies in place to realize robust job growth in Illinois.”


Date Posted:7/28/2016
More Illinoisans Leave Labor Force - Illinois Job Growth Still Lags Nation; Unemployment rate declines to 6.2%

​7/21/16 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in June decreased 0.2 percentage points to 6.2 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -2,200 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois’ unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -51,500 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.​

“In June, Illinois experienced yet another exodus and over-the-year job growth is still at half the national rate,” Director Jeff Mays said. “As we do our part in expanding services that help jobseekers find work more quickly, structural reforms are necessary to get the state’s economy back on track.” 


Date Posted:7/21/2016
State Reminding Jobseekers to Register for Employment Service, Provide Resume for New Unemployment Insurance Claims Filed on or after July 17

​7/12/16 -  IDES is reminding jobseekers who file claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits on or after July 17, 2016, to register for employment service and upload at least one resume to www.IllinoisJobLink.com – before they can receive an unemployment payment (unless they are exempt from the requirement).

Individuals who are currently receiving benefits are not required to register again. IDES provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who have lost their job through no fault of their own and are seeking new employment.


Date Posted:7/12/2016
IDES Director Jeff Mays Discusses Expanded Enforcement of Employment Service Registration Requirement - effective on claims filed on or after July 17

​6/30/16 - For new unemployment claims filed on or after July 17, 2016, a claimant must register with the Employment Service, by logging on to www.IllinoisJobLink.com. If subject to the registration requirement, UI benefits will not be paid until this registration is complete.


Date Posted:6/30/2016
Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilites - Meeting Agenda

​6/26/16 - Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilites - Meeting Agenda for June 29,2016. 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) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/NextTalk).


Date Posted:6/28/2016
IDES Highlights Enhanced Efforts to Help Jobseekers - Implements requirements to better connect job seekers and employers for new claims filed on or after July 17

​6/27/16 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that it is expanding efforts to help individuals who file a claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) move from unemployment to employment. As part of this effort, the Department will enhance its enforcement of the existing legal requirement for those who file a UI claim to register with the Illinois Employment Service.


Date Posted:6/26/2016
Unemployment Rates Increase in Most Metro Areas

​6/23/16 - A majority of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced increases in their over-the-year unemployment rate and half of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“While some metro areas saw job growth, too many didn’t,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Key structural reforms can help the state grow more jobs as we sharpen our efforts to help unemployed job-seekers get back to work.”


Date Posted:6/23/2016
Overall Job Growth Still Lags National Average as Illinoisans Leave Labor Force - Unemployment Rate Remains Among the Highest in the Nation

​6/16/16 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in May decreased 0.2 percentage points to 6.4 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -2,500 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois’ unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -50,300 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.


Date Posted:6/16/2016
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Video/Teleconference Meeting
The Illinois Advisory Board video/teleconference meeting (PDF​) scheduled for June 16, 2016​ begins at 10 a.m.  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 Anna D’Ascenzo at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).​

Date Posted:6/14/2016
Unemployment Rates Increase in All Metro Areas -First time in six years unemployment rate up in every county

​5/26/16 - All metropolitan areas in Illinois experienced over- the-year unemployment rate increases for the third consecutive month, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


Date Posted:5/26/2016
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