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Illinois Unemployment Rate Declines to 12-year Low in April

5/17/18 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.2 percentage point to 4.4 percent in April and nonfarm payrolls increased by +4,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The March job gain was revised up from its initial report to show a slight gain. (+2,500 jobs versus -2,100 jobs).

“Illinois’ unemployment rate decreased for the fourth month in-a-row to its lowest level since 2006,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “At the same time, online job postings on IllinoisJoblink are up nearly 8 percent from a year ago, so job opportunities have improved.”​


Date Posted:5/17/2018
IDES Leads Statewide SIDES Workshop

​4/26/18 - On Wednesday, April 25, IDES hosted 50 representatives from more than 30 state agencies, commissions and universities in Springfield.

John Stegner, statewide claims manager for IDES, led a claims workshop for the agencies and informed them on how to use the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES). This is the electronic platform for processing unemployment claims to provide notice to employers of a claim against them and it allows them either accept the unemployment insurance (UI) claim.


Date Posted:4/26/2018
Unemployment Rate Falls in All Metros - Jobs increase in ten metros

​4/26/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in March in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, 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 nonfarm jobs increased in ten of the metropolitan areas.

“We continue to see declining unemployment rates in all areas,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “In fact, the March unemployment rate was down in all but one of Illinois’ 102 counties.” 


Date Posted:4/26/2018
Illinois Unemployment Rate Dips in March - State has lowest number of unemployed in more than a decade

4/19/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.6 percent in March and nonfarm payrolls decreased 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. The February job gain was virtually unchanged from its initial report. (+15,300 jobs versus +15,200 jobs).

“The number of unemployed in Illinois is at its lowest level since December 2006 and the unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level since March 2007,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The stabilization of the labor force is also an encouraging sign.” 


Date Posted:4/19/2018
Unemployment Rate Falls in Thirteen Metros - Jobs increase in eleven metros

​3/29/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in February in 13 of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and was unchanged in one, 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 nonfarm jobs increased in eleven of the metropolitan areas. 

“It’s certainly a robust start to 2018 with declining unemployment rates in most areas,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “In fact, the February unemployment rate in thirteen of the metros is the lowest it has been since at least 2000.” 



Date Posted:3/29/2018
Illinois Payrolls Rise and Unemployment Dips in February

​3/22/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.7 percent in February and nonfarm payrolls increased by +15,200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. January jobs were revised down to show a slight drop (-1,300 jobs) rather than a slight gain as initially reported (+200 jobs).

“Illinois job growth is starting the year off with stronger momentum as average growth has picked up in early 2018,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “At the same time, the unemployment rate has declined to an 11-year low.”

 


Date Posted:3/22/2018
Jobs Increase in Eleven Metro Areas - Unemployment rate drops in all metros

​​​3/15/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in January in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas for the eighth consecutive month, 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 nonfarm jobs increased in eleven of the metropolitan areas.

“It is encouraging that more people are finding jobs,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “In fact, job growth has become more widespread across the state with 11 of 14 metro areas reporting increases.”


Date Posted:3/15/2018
Illinois Surpasses Old Peak Employment Level - Illinois Unemployment Rate Dips in January

​3/12/18 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent in January and nonfarm payrolls increased by +200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. December jobs were revised down to show a slight drop (-700 jobs) rather than a slight gain as initially reported (+1,500 jobs). 

“Illinois job growth over the past year has been spurred by a resurgence in manufacturing.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Over the year, manufacturing payrolls accounted for close to half of the total increase of jobs in Illinois.”


Date Posted:3/12/2018
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board March Meeting Agenda

​3/12/18 - This agenda for the Video/Teleconference Meeting, on March 15, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. 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:3/12/2018
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA) Strategic Plan

​3/6/18 - ​The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to submit a Unified State Plan every four years.  The plan outlines a 4-year strategy for the core programs of the state (administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security and Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services) and meets all the requirements of WIOA.


Date Posted:3/6/2018
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