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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.”

 


Date Posted:12/22/2016
Governor Rauner Signs Legislation to Aid Granite City Steel Mill Workers

Bipartisan legislation will extend unemployment benefits to approximately 2,000 laid off workers

SPRINGFIELD (12/19/16) - Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Senate Bill 1941, legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits for up to an additional 26 weeks to approximately 2,000 workers laid off from the Granite City Steel Mill in 2015.
 
"This legislation will help the hard working families of the Metro East who lost their jobs through no fault of their own," said Governor Rauner. "While we are encouraged by the recent news that more than 200 jobs will return to the Granite City facility, we hope that by extending unemployment benefits we are able to help the other laid off workers bridge the gap until they are gainfully employed again. Our administration will continue to push to help the steel industry and other manufacturers create jobs through common sense reforms to grow jobs, lower property taxes, improve schools and enact term limits."
 

 


Date Posted:12/20/2016
Unemployment rate unchanged at 5.6%

​12/15/16 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in November remained at 5.6 percent 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 IDES.

“Through 11 months of 2016, the nation’s rate of growth continues to outpace our rate by 50 percent,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The biggest sector gains have been in professional and business services with 37,200 jobs added, while the biggest losses have been in manufacturing, with 8,700 fewer jobs.”


Date Posted:12/15/2016
IDES Director Jeff Mays discusses Apprenticeship Plus

​12/15/16 -  IDES Director Jeff Mays discusses Apprenticeship Plus at the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth at Loyola University in Chicago on December 8, 2016.


Date Posted:12/15/2016
Illinois Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities

​12/6/2016 - The Illinois Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities is scheduled to meet December 8, 2016 at 4 p.m. The agenda is listed. 


Date Posted:12/6/2016
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board - Video/Teleconference Meeting December 8, 2016

​12/5/2016 - The Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board will be meeting December 8, 2016 at 10:00 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:12/5/2016
2017 UI Tax Rates for Illinois Employers

11/30/16 - ​The minimum contribution rate for 2017 is 0.550% (0% plus the 0.550% Fund Building Rate) and the maximum is 7.350% (6.800% plus the 0.550% Fund Building Rate). Only the first $12,960 of wages paid to a worker in calendar year 2017 are subject to the payment of contributions.

The 2017 State Experience Factor for unemployment insurance contributions is 106%. The State Experience Factor for 2016 was 112%. Employers’ 2017 contribution rates are computed in accordance with the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act (“the Act”).  >> More information


Date Posted:12/1/2016
December Meeting Agenda for Employment and Economic Opportunity for People With Disabilities

​11/28/16 - The Employment and Economic Opportunity for People With Disabilities is scheduled to meet December 1, 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:11/28/2016
Chicago Metro Unemployment Rate Rises

​11/23/16 - Thirteen of (14) Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rates 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. The unemployment rate increased only in the Chicago metro area.

“Overall the year over year unemployment rate increase is disappointing, but not unexpected given Illinois’ lackluster rate of economic recovery since 2011,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “ Each of the six counties in the Chicago metro division saw their unemployment rate increase, while 94 of the remaining 96 counties in the state saw their rates decline.”


Date Posted:11/23/2016
Unemployment rate increases to 5.6%

11/17/16 (CHICAGO) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in October edged up to 5.6 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,200 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“Illinois continues to recover at a slower rate than the rest of the nation as witnessed by the meager payroll gains in October,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The recovery has been uneven among the various sectors as Illinois still lags in manufacturing, construction, and financial activities as well as trade, transportation and utilities.”


Date Posted:11/17/2016
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