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Gov. Pritzker Names New Director of Illinois Department of Employment Security

3/19/19 - Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker made the following personnel announcement:

Gustavo Giraldo will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Since 2011, Giraldo has served as the chief of diversity and strategic development at the Illinois Tollway. The first to hold that position, Giraldo worked to increase participation of Disadvantaged, Minority and Women Business Enterprises (D/M/WBEs) employed by the agency’s $14 billion, 15-year capital development program. He previously served various roles within the City of Chicago government — as deputy procurement officer, where he oversaw the contract services; managing deputy commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, where he managed a department budget of $38 million; and director of contract administration.


Date Posted:3/19/2019
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting Agenda - March 21, 2019

​3/18/19 - 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:3/18/2019
Job Growth Continues in Most Metro Areas - Unemployment rate up in thirteen metros

​3/14/19 - Unemployment rates increased over-the-year in January in thirteen of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, and decreased 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 eleven of the metropolitan areas.

“It’s encouraging to see that payrolls continue to increase in most metro areas across the state” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “Industries like educational and health services, trade, transportation, and manufacturing are seeing strong growth and we look forward to continuing to build on that foundation.” 


Date Posted:3/14/2019
Illinois Payrolls at Record High in January - Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

​3/11/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in January, unchanged from December, and nonfarm payrolls increased by +24,000 jobs over-the-month based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The December jobs gain was revised downward from the preliminary report (from +13,600 to +7,400 jobs).


Date Posted:3/11/2019
Sterling IDES Office Closed - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

1/30/19 - The IDES office located at 2323 East Lincoln Highway, Sterling, is closed as of 11:15 am for the remainder of today, Wednesday, Jan. 30, due to a power outage and current temperatures in the building.​


Date Posted:1/30/2019
Gov. Pritzker Issues Disaster Proclamation Ahead of Life-Threatening Winter Storm

​1/29/19 - ​Here is the list of warming centers in counties throughout the state:  Warming Centers Statewide ​​

Governor JB Pritzker today issued a disaster proclamation for the entire state ahead of a severe winter storm that will blanket the state with life-threatening wind chills for several days.  

“This storm poses a serious threat to the well-being of people around the state, and we will use every tool at our disposal to keep our residents safe,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This disaster proclamation ensures that the state of Illinois has the flexibility to effectively and efficiently respond to the needs of local governments during this extreme weather event.”

A state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from the storms. The state of Illinois has mobilized personnel and assets to help local government officials with disaster response and recovery.


Date Posted:1/29/2019
Most Metro Areas Continue Adding Jobs - Unemployment rate up in thirteen metros

CHICAGO (1/25/19) - Unemployment rates increased over-the-year in December in thirteen of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, and decreased 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 the metropolitan areas.

“The new administration is committed to growing the economy and creating good jobs in regions across the state,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “Governor Prizker has taken action in his first weeks in office to support working families and help prepare workers for employment in growing industries. Our top priority is getting the state’s economy back on track and the governor looks forward to continuing to work with business leaders and workers to build a thriving state.”


Date Posted:1/25/2019
Gov. Pritzker, Treasurer Frerichs Lead $100 Million Loan Program to Help Federal Workers During Shutdown

1/23/19 - Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker joined Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs to announce a $100 million program to fund zero or low-interest loans so furloughed federal workers who live in Illinois can pay their bills during the partial federal government shutdown.

In addition, the Governor called on lenders doing business in the State of Illinois to waive fees and provide other support to furloughed workers, especially as they deal with mortgage payments, student loans and car loans. Lenders that have already agreed to participate are listed online at www.illinois.gov/shutdownaid​; their assistance ranges from deferments on loans to 0 percent interest to assisting individuals on a case-by-case basis.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is also offering winter heating assistance to qualified federal workers through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Federal workers whose last 30 day income has been impacted by the federal shutdown can find a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program here, or call the LIHEAP toll-free hotline at 1 877 411-WARM (9276).



Date Posted:1/23/2019
Illinois Payrolls Up in Nearly All Industries from Prior Year - Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in December

1/17/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in December and nonfarm payrolls increased by +13,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The November jobs gain was revised upward from the preliminary report (from +5,900 jobs to +8,000 jobs).

“It’s clear there is room to both grow the Illinois economy and create opportunity for working families,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “That’s why Governor Pritzker has taken action in his first days in office to protect and raise the wages of Illinois workers and strengthen workforce development training in growing industries. The governor looks forward to continuing to work with stakeholders, business leaders, and workers to create jobs statewide and ensure all of our communities can thrive.”


Date Posted:1/17/2019
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
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