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Date Posted:7/11/2019
Jobs up in Twelve Metro Areas - Unemployment rate down in twelve metros

​6/27/19 - CHICAGO – The number of nonfarm jobs increased in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in two, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the IDES.  Data also show unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in May in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas and increased in two.

“Job growth was widespread across most metro areas in May as job opportunities and confidence in the economy continue to improve,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “Gov. Pritzker and his administration are building on this success with bold bipartisan investments that will help create and support more good jobs, whether it’s helping to rebuild our roads and bridges, teach students at our schools and universities or expanding broadband throughout the state.”


Date Posted:6/27/2019
Illinois 3-Month Average Payrolls Up in May - Unemployment Rate Unchanged

6/20/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that nonfarm payrolls were down -2,400 jobs over-the-month and the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in May, unchanged from the prior two months, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The April jobs increase was revised downward from the preliminary report (from +20,900 to +18,400 jobs).

Illinois payroll employment has shown variability in the past several months, as has National employment. Average payroll employment growth in Illinois during the March to May three-month period, which provides a more stable measure of payroll employment change, was +3,300 jobs, with the largest gains in Leisure and Hospitality (+1,800), Education and Health Services (+1,300) and Construction (+1,200).


Date Posted:6/20/2019
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting Agenda -June 20, 2019

​6/18/19 - 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:6/18/2019
Jobs up in Most Metro Areas - Unemployment rate up as job growth continues

5/23/19 – The number of nonfarm jobs increased in ten Illinois metropolitan areas, remained the same in one and decreased in three, 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 unemployment rates increased over-the-year in April in eleven Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in one, and was unchanged in two.

“Job growth remains strong in most areas of the state, which is encouraging more Illinoisans to enter the labor force,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “This administration is working to continue this growth by providing workers with the training they need and restoring fiscal responsibility in state government.”


Date Posted:5/23/2019
Illinois Payrolls Up in April - Unemployment Rate Unchanged

​5/16/19 - IDES announced today that nonfarm payrolls were up +20,900 jobs over-the-month and the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in April, unchanged from the prior month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The March jobs loss was revised upward from the preliminary report (from -2,800 to -6,100 jobs).


Date Posted:5/16/2019
Gov. Pritzker Issues State Disaster Proclamation for Flooding in 34 Illinois Counties

​5/3/19 - Governor JB Pritzker has issued a state disaster proclamation for 34 counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The declaration will ensure state support to communities that are battling floods caused by weeks of elevated river levels and recent heavy rains. 

The disaster proclamation covers the following counties: Adams, Alexander, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jackson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Madison, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, Whiteside, Woodford. 


Date Posted:5/6/2019
Jobs up in Eight Metro Areas - Unemployment rate up in most metros

​4/25/19 – The number of nonfarm jobs increased in eight Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in six, 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 unemployment rates increased over-the-year in March in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in one, and was unchanged in one. 

“We continue to see solid job growth taking hold in most metro areas,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “As more people enter the labor market to work or seek employment, this administration is committed to giving Illinois workers the training they need for the jobs of today’s economy.” 


Date Posted:4/25/2019
Illinois Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in March - Three-Month Average Jobs Up in Illinois

​4/18/19 -The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in March, up +0.1 percentage point from the prior month, and nonfarm payrolls were down -2,800 jobs over-the-month based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The February jobs loss was revised downward from the preliminary report (from -12,600 to -10,800 jobs).


Date Posted:4/18/2019
Attn: Claimants and Employers - Fax Network Maintenance Scheduled Today

4/16/19 - IDES will not be able to receive faxes today, April 16, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance.  Fax service will resume after the scheduled maintenance period. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Date Posted:4/16/2019
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