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Unemployment Rate Down in Twelve Metro Areas, Jobs Up in Thirteen - Record Low Unemployment Rate in 3 Metros, 34 Counties in September

​10/24/19 -  The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in September in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas, increased in one, and was unchanged 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 thirteen Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in one.

“The Pritzker administration remains dedicated to creating positive economic advances. The bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital bill is essential to making critical investments throughout the state that will create an economy that works for everyone,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. 

Unemployment Rate Falls to New Historic Low in September Illinois Payrolls Up Across Most Industries

​10/18/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that nonfarm payrolls increased +4,800 jobs compared to last month, and the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in September, down -0.1 percentage point from the prior month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The September unemployment rate established a new record low for the state, following the previous record set in August. The August monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report (from -1,400 to -5,800 jobs).

Unemployment Rate Down in 101 Counties, all Fourteen Metros - Jobs up in Twelve Metro Areas

​9/26/19 - The unemployment rate decreased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas compared to last August, 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 twelve Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in two.

“Illinois has a bright future for residents and businesses, and we’re building an economy that works for everyone throughout the state,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “The Pritzker administration continues to build on these recent gains with the state’s first bipartisan balanced budget in years and the historic Rebuild Illinois capital bill that together make long-term investments in our small businesses, schools and infrastructure.”

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!