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Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities (EEOFPWD) Meeting March 1, 2017

​2/23/17 - 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:2/23/2017
Unemployment Rates Fall in All Metro Areas - Unemployment Rates Remain Higher than National Average in All 14 Illinois Metro Areas

​1/26/17 - All of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced declines in their over-the-year unemployment rate. Eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and six reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“Overall job growth continues to lag behind the national average,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “We’re adding jobs at a slower pace now than we were at the beginning of 2016.”


Date Posted:1/26/2017
Unemployment rate increases to 5.7% in December - Largest nonfarm payroll drop of the year

​1/20/17 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in December inched up +0.1 percentage points to 5.7 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -16,700 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“Nonfarm payrolls reflect the job market and this kind of drop is troubling, to say the least,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “It’s the largest monthly decline we’ve seen this year and the drop was across most sectors.”


Date Posted:1/20/2017
Reality Check App Puts Career Planning Tools in the Hands of Youth, Job Seekers

​1/18/17 - ​IDES has teamed up with the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) on a new Going Mobile initiative that will help teens, young adults and those considering career changes to obtain realistic projections and information. The app tells students and job seekers the reality about their career choice, so they can be prepared now for what the future could bring.


Date Posted:1/18/2017
Unemployment Rates Remain Higher than National Rate

CHICAGO (12/22/16) – This month, 13 of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced declines in their over-the-year unemployment rates and one was unchanged. Eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and six reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“Job growth in Illinois’ metro areas still lag the rest of the nation,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The metro areas outside of Chicago have experienced more job growth recently than the Chicago metro area, which is a bit of a change from earlier in the year.”

 


Date Posted:12/22/2016
Governor Rauner Signs Legislation to Aid Granite City Steel Mill Workers

Bipartisan legislation will extend unemployment benefits to approximately 2,000 laid off workers

SPRINGFIELD (12/19/16) - Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Senate Bill 1941, legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits for up to an additional 26 weeks to approximately 2,000 workers laid off from the Granite City Steel Mill in 2015.
 
"This legislation will help the hard working families of the Metro East who lost their jobs through no fault of their own," said Governor Rauner. "While we are encouraged by the recent news that more than 200 jobs will return to the Granite City facility, we hope that by extending unemployment benefits we are able to help the other laid off workers bridge the gap until they are gainfully employed again. Our administration will continue to push to help the steel industry and other manufacturers create jobs through common sense reforms to grow jobs, lower property taxes, improve schools and enact term limits."
 

 


Date Posted:12/20/2016
Unemployment rate unchanged at 5.6%

​12/15/16 - IDES announced today that the unemployment rate in November remained at 5.6 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by +1,700 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

“Through 11 months of 2016, the nation’s rate of growth continues to outpace our rate by 50 percent,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The biggest sector gains have been in professional and business services with 37,200 jobs added, while the biggest losses have been in manufacturing, with 8,700 fewer jobs.”


Date Posted:12/15/2016
IDES Director Jeff Mays discusses Apprenticeship Plus

​12/15/16 -  IDES Director Jeff Mays discusses Apprenticeship Plus at the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth at Loyola University in Chicago on December 8, 2016.


Date Posted:12/15/2016
Illinois Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities

​12/6/2016 - The Illinois Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities is scheduled to meet December 8, 2016 at 4 p.m. The agenda is listed. 


Date Posted:12/6/2016
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board - Video/Teleconference Meeting December 8, 2016

​12/5/2016 - The Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board will be meeting December 8, 2016 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 Anna D’Ascenzo at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet). 


Date Posted:12/5/2016
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