|Metro Area Unemployment Rates Continue Rising - Job Growth Remains Slow|
1/28/16 - Illinois jobs decreased in six metropolitan areas and unemployment rates increased in eleven regions, according to data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The unemployment rate remained the same in three areas and one metro area saw no change in non farm jobs. The not seasonally adjusted data compares over-the-year change from December 2015 with December 2014.
|Illinois Seeking Comments on WIOA Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan|
1/26/16 - The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 requires the governor of each state to outline a four-year strategy for the workforce development system by preparing either a Unified State Plan encompassing the following federal programs: WIOA Title IB, Title II-Adult Education, Title III-Wagner-Peyser, and Title IV-Vocational Rehabilitation Services; or a Combined State Plan that includes these partners plus at least one of certain other partner agencies. Illinois is using the Unified State Plan approach. The state will submit the Unified State Plan in accordance with guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) is hereby requesting public comment on the Program Year (PY) 2016 – 2019 Unified State Plan. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Central Time, February 24, 2016.
|December Jobs in Illinois Decrease -16,300 while Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.9|
1/22/16 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ nonfarm payroll employment lost -16,300 jobs and the unemployment rate in December rose 0.2 percentage points to 5.9 percent, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to IDES labor market analysts, Illinois’ average job growth since the employment recovery began in January 2010 remains well below the national average, and employment will not recover from the 2007-2009 recession until September 2017.
|Illinois Department of Employment Security Consolidating Offices to meet USDOL WIOA Requirements and to Address Federal Budget Shortfall|
1/15/16 – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will close three of its local offices to comply with the federal Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and realign its regional offices to address a federal budget shortfall of approximately $6.2 million in Fiscal Year 2016. Office consolidations are projected to save IDES approximately $2 million in lease and salary costs.
|Governor Rauner Adds 11 Counties to State Disaster Proclamation for Flooding|
1/6/16 - Governor Bruce Rauner today added 11 counties to the state disaster declaration for widespread flooding. Those counties include Cass, Cumberland, Iroquois, Lawrence, Marion, Menard, Moultrie, Pike, Richland, Sangamon and Vermilion.
|Unemployment Rates up in Most Metro Areas - Job Growth Continues to Lag|
12/23/15 - Unemployment rates increased in 12 metro areas, decreased in one and was unchanged in one. Eight metro areas across the state saw job loss compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
|November Jobs in Illinois Increase +400 while Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.7|
12/17/15 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ nonfarm payroll employment gained +400 jobs and the unemployment rate in November rose 0.3 percentage points to 5.7 percent, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
|Temporary Closure of Chicago Heights Office|
12/23/15 - The IDES office in Chicago Heights has been closed today and tomorrow due to construction-related damage to the phone and data lines. Staff have been temporarily moved to the Harvey office, and in-person services will be provided from that office. For most questions about Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims or other IDES services for individuals, please call (800) 244-5631 or TTY (866) 488-4016. We apologize for the inconvenience.
|Illinois Metros See Minimal Job Growth; Seven Metro Areas Lose Jobs - Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend|
11/25/15 - Unemployment rates in Illinois fell in 12 metro areas, increased in one and remained the same in one. Seven metro areas across the state saw job loss compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Not seasonally adjusted data compares October 2015 with October 2014.
|Rauner Administration Reaches Collective Bargaining Agreements with SEIU & Additional Trade Unions|
11/23/15 - Governor Bruce Rauner and the following labor unions have agreed to terms on new four-year collective bargaining agreements: Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”), Local 1 Chicago, the International Union of United Food and Commercial Workers, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Three Councils of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters, and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenter’s Regional Council), the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers, the Laborers International Union of North America, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, & Transportation Workers, and Illinois State Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.