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Job growth remains below national average - July Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly

​8/17/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent in July and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. June job growth was revised down to show an increase of +6,400 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +8,600 jobs.

“The strong employment growth exhibited in the U.S. is not being felt in Illinois,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Nonfarm payroll growth in the state remains anemic and labor force participation continues to decline.”


Date Posted:8/17/2017
New Unemployment Insurance Process to Streamline Tax Experience for Illinois Employers

​8/14/17 - Beginning September 11, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s MyTax Illinois will become Illinois employers’ most convenient option for filing unemployment insurance monthly wage reports, quarterly unemployment insurance reports, and for making contribution payments.  The transition is a joint effort between the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) to simplify the tax experience for both new and existing Illinois employers.

“I’m excited because two large State agencies, IDOR and IDES, are working together on this very critical project,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “We’ll be able to serve employers better and more efficiently because employers will have modern tools at their fingertips with a safer and faster way to conduct business with IDES.”​


Date Posted:8/14/2017
Job Growth Increases in Most Metro Areas But Still Below National Growth Rate

​​CHICAGO (7/27/17) – Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in June in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and all but two counties, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES.

“We gained jobs but at about half the rate than the rest of the country,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Although the unemployment rates are lower compared to last year, the labor force continues to shrink in most metro areas across the state.”


Date Posted:7/27/2017
Job growth remains below national average - June Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly

​7/20/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent in June and nonfarm payrolls increased by +8,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. May job growth was revised up sharply to show an increase of +11,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +2,400 jobs.

“The unemployment rate increase and a decline in construction payroll are troublesome, but the trend of declining labor force is something we cannot ignore,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “This was the fourth consecutive over-the-month decline in labor force, which is now at its lowest level since March 2006.” 

 


Date Posted:7/20/2017
Employment and Economic Opportunity For People With Disabilities Meeting Agenda

​7/17/17 - The Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities meeting will be held July 20, 2017. This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5ILCS 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)​.

Next Meeting Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017​



Date Posted:7/17/2017
Important notice regarding change in State Income Tax Withholding Amount

​7/7/17 - ​Effective for claimants who have elected to have state of Illinois income tax withheld from their benefit payments: Starting July 7, 2017, the state income tax withholding amount has increased from 3.75% to 4.95%

 


Date Posted:7/7/2017
Only Two of 14 Metros Exceeded National Average Job Growth Rate - Unemployment rate drops in most metro areas

​6/22/2017 - Unemployment rates were down over-the-year in all but one of Illinois’s metro areas and down in all but two of Illinois’s counties. Nine of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and five reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. 

“While the job gains in the northeastern corner of the state show some signs of recovery, the rate of job growth remains well below the national average,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “There are pockets of modest job growth Downstate, but we’ve yet to see any sustainable trends.”

 


Date Posted:6/22/2017
Job Growth Remains Below National Average - May Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly

​6/15/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate declined -0.1 percentage points to 4.6 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,400 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. 

"Illinois remains -23,300 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “If Illinois had grown at the National average over that time, the State would have an additional 650,000 jobs.”



Date Posted:6/15/2017
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board

6/14/17 - This agenda for the Video/Teleconference Meeting, on June 15, 2017, at 10:00 A.M., 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:6/14/2017
Employment and Economic Opportunity For People With Disabilities Meeting Agenda

​5/26/17 - The Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities meeting will be held June 1, 2017. This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5ILCS 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:5/26/2017
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