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2020 Unified State Plan (WIOA Workforce) Public Comment

​1/10/20 -The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 requires the Governor of each State to outline a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system by preparing either a Unified State Plan encompassing the following core 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 the six core programs from a unified plan, plus one or more eligible partner programs identified under WIOA (Perkins Act career and technical education programs, TANF, SNAP, E&T programs, TAA, etc.). Illinois follows the Unified State Plan approach. 

Department of Employment Security Migrates to State Tax Lien Registry - Central Database Replaces Need to Search, Use Separate County Systems

​1/7/2020 – Businesses looking for tax liens and releases filed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) can now search and use the State Tax Lien Registry, IDES announced today. Prior to this migration, businesses looking for tax liens filed by IDES were required to search separate records in individual counties throughout the state, which proved to be costly to taxpayers and time consuming for those conducting searches and gathering information.

Unemployment Rate Down in Thirteen Metro Areas, Jobs Up in Nine - Record Lows in November for Four Metros, 36 Counties

​​12/27/19 - The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in November in thirteen Illinois metropolitan areas and increased 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 shows the number of nonfarm jobs increased in nine Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in four, and was unchanged in one.

Illinois College 2 Career

1/28/19 - IDES would like to tell you about Illinois Colleges 2 Career!
 ILC2C is a career-outcome-focused program that connects workforce statistics to in-state college and university data that enables students and parents to make informed choices about life after high school by providing real employment and educational outcomes for Illinoisans.
The idea is to help students and parents make college decisions based on the best fit college for a student. This information is gleaned from the real-time successes of a school’s graduates and includes data on graduation rates for each school, how much debt students typically incur in each of those schools, and how much they can earn after graduation from 20 different academic programs available at Illinois colleges.
Our Economic Analysis and Information Division collaborated with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to match student records with our very own IDES UI wage record data to create this informative tool.
So, this is where you come in – we need you to visit the website at and explore the site. It looks and feels like a mobile app, as it was built for today’s smart-phone savvy consumers, but it’s a website. Also, share the site with your family, friends, school contacts, networks, and any students you know who are thinking of heading to college.
This is the first time Illinois students and parents have access to information that shows how much students could potentially earn when they graduate from a two- or four-year college or university in Illinois. And we’re very proud of how this information will help guide our young people so they will choose to live, learn, and work here in Illinois.

        Find your future with Illinois College to Career!