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Employment Security Offices Closed Dec. 25, Jan.1


For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Media contact: (312) 793-9635 (pdf version)​

Claimants Should Certify; Services Available on Internet

Banking Holiday Might Delay Payments

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. resume on each following day.

Although offices will be closed, services will be available at People will be able to file for first-time unemployment benefits, certify for benefits which is necessary to receive payment, and switch that method of payment to direct deposit. Because each Wednesday is a federal banking holiday, the availability of some benefit payments might be delayed. The IDES does not determine federal banking holidays.

Additionally, IDES reminds that the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (EUC) ends Dec. 28. This will touch individuals who have collected unemployment insurance longer than 26 weeks. The state's Regular Unemployment program continues. The state program represents weeks one through 26.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

Unemployment insurance is a temporary program that supports families during jobless periods through no fault of their own. The program also supports local businesses because benefit dollars are spent at local grocers, gas stations and clothing stores. Economic analysis show each $1 in unemployment insurance generates between $1.63 and $2 in economic activity.

Illinois businesses in November advertised for more than 211,000 job openings. Of those, 84 percent were for full-time work. Workers can apply for many of these opportunities at Jobseekers can customize resumes to reflect different help-wanted ads. Doing so also helps qualify for unemployment benefits.

Illinois has added +281,400 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned following nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines. Leading growth sectors are Professional and Business Services (+116,400); Education and Health Services (+61,000); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+58,700). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -28,600.