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Jobs Decline In More Than Half of Metro Areas - Unemployment rate drops in most metro areas

​5/25/17 - Unemployment rates were down over-the-year in all but one of Illinois’s metro areas. “Declining unemployment rates relative to a year ago aren’t good news when they reflect declining labor force rather than growing employment,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “More disconcerting is the weakening employment growth across the metro areas; even Chicago-area growth is moderating.”



Date Posted:5/25/2017
Nonfarm payrolls remain 25,600 below prior peak - Unemployment rate drops to 4.7% in April

5/18/17 - ​CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate declined -0.2 percentage points to 4.7 percent in April and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -7,200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. Due to payroll declines for both March and April, Illinois remains -25,600 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000. 

“Illinois did not participate in the nation’s job growth in April,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Furthermore, the decline in the unemployment rate was largely due to a drop in the labor force, not more people working.”



Date Posted:5/18/2017
Job Losses Reported in More than Half of the Metro Areas - Unemployment rate declines in most areas

​4/27/17 - Unemployment rates were down over-the-year in all but one of Illinois’s metro areas. Six of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and eight reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. 

This month’s report almost mirrors last month’s,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The only difference is the overall increase in jobs is down when compared to last month. Even though the unemployment rate is lower, we still don’t have enough people working.”


Date Posted:4/27/2017
Unemployment rate drops to 4.9% in March - Over-the-month and over-the-year job growth lags national average

​4/20/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate declined -0.5 percentage points to 4.9 percent in March and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -8,900 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data proved by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. 

February job growth was revised down to show an increase of +14,800 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +25,600 jobs. March’s monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. The March drop coupled with February’s downward revised gain means that Illinois remains -19,600 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000. 

“Illinois payrolls weakened in March, just like they did for the nation,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The usual pattern is that Illinois weakens more than the nation but grows less than the national average when both are on the upswing. This persistent lag in job growth explains why it took 10 years to push the unemployment rate below 5 percent.”



Date Posted:4/20/2017
Unemployment Rate Decreases in Most Metro Areas - Many downstate metros continue to report job losses

​​3/30/17 -All but one of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rate. Six of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, eight reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“More than half of the metro areas statewide lost jobs,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Of all the nonfarm jobs gained over the last year, less than 10 percent were outside of the Chicago metro area.”



Date Posted:3/30/2017
Vendor Contracted by Illinois Department of Employment Security Data Breached

3/24/17 - ​IDES notified the Illinois General Assembly of confirmation that one of its vendors experienced a data breach affecting approximately 1.4 million Illinois job seekers, according to the vendor’s current estimate. The vulnerability was not the result of any deficiency in software maintained by the State of Illinois and may have impacted ten states.  Video interview: Illinois’ Chief Information Officer on Cybersecurity

“The threat of cyber-crime is a clear and present danger to the citizens of Illinois and our administration will continue pressing forward with a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy,” Eleni Demertzis, Spokeswoman for Governor Rauner.  “We implore Comptroller Mendoza to reevaluate her decision to hold up funding for this important project, which everyday puts the people of Illinois at risk.”
 

Date Posted:3/24/2017
Unemployment rate drops to 5.4% in February - Over-the-year job growth remains behind national average

​3/23/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate declined 0.3 percentage points to 5.4 percent in February and nonfarm payrolls increased by +25,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data proved by the U.S. ​

 


Date Posted:3/23/2017
Notice to Job Seekers About America's Job Link Alliance (AJLA) Data Breach

​Dear Illinois Job Seeker:

On March 22, 2017, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) received confirmation that one of its vendors, America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA), experienced a data breach. AJLA owns America’s JobLink (AJL), which is a multi-state web-based system that links job seekers with employers for 10 states, including Illinois. Illinois uses the AJL system as the platform for its Illinois JobLink website, which serves Illinois job seekers and employers. America’s Job Link Alliance - Technical Support (AJLA-TS) maintains the AJL system software.
 
The vulnerability that permitted the hack was not the result of any deficiency in software maintained by the State of Illinois.
 

Date Posted:3/22/2017
Unemployment Rates Increase in Most Metro Areas - More than half of Illinois Metro areas have fewer jobs than a year ago

​3/16/17 - The majority of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced increases in their over-the-year unemployment rate. Five of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, eight reported declines, and one was unchanged, 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:3/16/2017
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting - March 16, 2017

​3/14/17 - 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:3/14/2017
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