All News Items

News and Announcements

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 the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


Date Posted:9/22/2016
Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities September Meeting Agend

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:9/21/2016
Labor Force Declines Fourth Straight Month - Unemployment rate declines to 5.5%

​9/15/16 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in August decreased -0.3 percentage points to 5.5 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois’ unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -46,400 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.

“In this 30-day snapshot, manufacturing losses were heavy, which contributed to more than half of the month’s decrease in nonfarm payroll jobs,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays.​ 


Date Posted:9/15/2016
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board

​9/13/16 - 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:9/13/2016
Unemployment Rates Decrease in Twelve Metro Areas - Much of Downstate still suffering job losses

​8/25/16 - 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.

"Our job growth rate is still half that of the rest of the country,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Most of our job growth is concentrated primarily in the northeast corner of the state while downstate job growth continues to lag.”


Date Posted:8/25/2016
Labor Force Drops for Third Straight Month - Unemployment rate declines to 5.8%

​8/18/16 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in July decreased 0.4 percentage points to 5.8 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by +11,600 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois’ unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -41,200 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.

“We’ve seen growth in labor force participation over the last year, but over the last three months we’ve given too much of it back,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays.


Date Posted:8/18/2016
Jobs Up in Eight Metros; Down in Six Areas

7/28/16 - CHICAGO – Eight of Illinois’ 14 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.

“One metropolitan area losing jobs is one too many,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While we boost our efforts to help employers connect with qualified candidates, we also need effective policies in place to realize robust job growth in Illinois.”


Date Posted:7/28/2016
More Illinoisans Leave Labor Force - Illinois Job Growth Still Lags Nation; Unemployment rate declines to 6.2%

​7/21/16 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in June decreased 0.2 percentage points to 6.2 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -2,200 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois’ unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -51,500 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.​

“In June, Illinois experienced yet another exodus and over-the-year job growth is still at half the national rate,” Director Jeff Mays said. “As we do our part in expanding services that help jobseekers find work more quickly, structural reforms are necessary to get the state’s economy back on track.” 


Date Posted:7/21/2016
State Reminding Jobseekers to Register for Employment Service, Provide Resume for New Unemployment Insurance Claims Filed on or after July 17

​7/12/16 -  IDES is reminding jobseekers who file claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits on or after July 17, 2016, to register for employment service and upload at least one resume to www.IllinoisJobLink.com – before they can receive an unemployment payment (unless they are exempt from the requirement).

Individuals who are currently receiving benefits are not required to register again. IDES provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who have lost their job through no fault of their own and are seeking new employment.


Date Posted:7/12/2016
IDES Director Jeff Mays Discusses Expanded Enforcement of Employment Service Registration Requirement - effective on claims filed on or after July 17

​6/30/16 - For new unemployment claims filed on or after July 17, 2016, a claimant must register with the Employment Service, by logging on to www.IllinoisJobLink.com. If subject to the registration requirement, UI benefits will not be paid until this registration is complete.


Date Posted:6/30/2016
1 - 10 Next