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Metro Area Unemployment Rates Continue Rising - Job Growth Remains Slow

​1/28/16 - Illinois jobs decreased in six metropolitan areas and unemployment rates increased in eleven regions, according to data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The unemployment rate remained the same in three areas and one metro area saw no change in non farm jobs.  The not seasonally adjusted data compares over-the-year change from December 2015 with December 2014.

Illinois Seeking Comments on WIOA Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan

1/26/16 - The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 requires the governor of each state to outline a four-year strategy for the workforce development system by preparing either a Unified State Plan encompassing the following federal programs: WIOA Title IB, Title II-Adult Education, Title III-Wagner-Peyser, and Title IV-Vocational Rehabilitation Services; or a Combined State Plan that includes these partners plus at least one of certain other partner agencies.  Illinois is using the Unified State Plan approach. The state will submit the Unified State Plan in accordance with guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) is hereby requesting public comment on the Program Year (PY) 2016 – 2019 Unified State Plan. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Central Time, February 24, 2016.
December Jobs in Illinois Decrease -16,300 while Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.9

​1/22/16 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ nonfarm payroll employment lost -16,300 jobs and the unemployment rate in December rose 0.2 percentage points to 5.9 percent, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to IDES labor market analysts, Illinois’ average job growth since the employment recovery began in January 2010 remains well below the national average, and employment will not recover from the 2007-2009 recession until September 2017. 

Important Information on Recent Changes to the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act

1/11/16 - Governor Rauner signed Public Act 99-0488 into law on December 4, 2015, which provides for changes to key sections of the Illinois Unemployment Insurance (UI) Act.  Among these changes are:

Elimination of Social Security Offset - UI benefits will no longer be reduced by the amount of social security payments a claimant receives (Section 611).  Note that the change in the law does not apply to any weeks that began before January 3, 2016.

If you receive social security payments and you have continued to timely certify for benefits, IDES will make the necessary adjustments to reflect the law change in your benefit payment for the week ending January 9, 2016 and thereafter.

If you receive social security payments and you have stopped certifying for UI benefits, but are still unemployed and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements under Illinois law, you may reopen your claim online at or by calling Claimant Services at (800) 244-5631.

Definition of Misconduct - The General Assembly expanded the definition of misconduct to include eight new disqualifying provisions. Note that the new provisions added to Section 602A do not replace or preempt the general definition of “misconduct” or its judicial and administrative precedent. Instead, the new sections supplement existing law.

More information regarding changes to the Act can be found here.