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Illinois Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities

​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

​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) 793-1160 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
Employers: Mark Your Calendar – September 2017

IDES is working with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) to integrate the monthly wage reporting, the quarterly unemployment insurance report filing and the contribution payment process into the MyTax Illinois portal.

MyTax Illinois is the secure website used by Illinois employers and individual taxpayers to electronically file and pay more than 200 taxes and fees.  Bringing the unemployment insurance process into MyTax Illinois makes great business sense and simplifies the tax experience for both new and existing Illinois employers.
 

Date Posted:11/14/2016
Unemployment Rates Show Slight Increase in half of Metro Areas - Job Growth Remains Sluggish

​10/26/16 - This month, seven of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced increases 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.

“The state is still experiencing not nearly enough growth,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While the unemployment rate is slightly increased from a year ago, it’s not nearly enough growth as we continue to lose ground to other parts of the country.”


Date Posted:10/27/2016
Unemployment rate holds at 5.5% - Manufacturing Jobs Continue Multi-Year Decline

​10/20/16 (CHICAGO) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in September held at 5.5 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by 7,400 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -38,800 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000. 

“Job growth has been uneven over the past several months,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Even with net job growth this year, Illinois still lags the nation in its recovery from the recession.” 
 

Date Posted:10/20/2016
Unemployment Rate Remains Above National Average in All but Two Metro Areas - Job Growth Remains Mixed in the Metro Areas

​9/22/16 - Again this month, twelve of Illinois’ 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.

“Job growth is primarily confined to metro areas north of the I-80 corridor and even though it is growth, it is anemic growth when compared to other major metro areas across the country such as New York, Los Angeles and Dallas,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “And many of the Downstate metros still haven’t fully recovered from the recession.”
 

Date Posted:9/22/2016
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