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Extreme Weather Closes IDES Offices

​1/6/2014

Services Available On Internet

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 - Extreme weather conditions have closed the Illinois Department of Employment Security offices.

Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. could resume tomorrow, weather permitting.

Although offices will be closed, services will be available at www.ides.illinois.gov​.  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.

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 illinoisjoblink.com. 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.