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Employment Security Advisory Board (ESAB) December 2019 Agenda

​12/6/19 - ESAB meeting to be held December 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/02). Any individual planning to attend who will need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify the ADA coordinator at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).


Date Posted: 12/6/2019
Unemployment Rate Down in All Fourteen Metro Areas, Jobs Up in Eleven - Record Lows in October for Two Metros, 16 Counties

11/21/19 - The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in October in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas, 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 eleven Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in two, and was unchanged in one.


Date Posted: 11/21/2019
Unemployment Rate Remains at Historical Low in October

​11/15/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that nonfarm payrolls increased to a record high +1,900 jobs compared to last month, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at an historically low 3.9 percent in October, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The September monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report from +4,800 to +8,500 jobs.


Date Posted: 11/15/2019
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. 



Date Posted: 10/24/2019
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).


Date Posted: 10/18/2019
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.”


Date Posted: 9/26/2019
Unemployment Rate Falls to Historic Low in August - Illinois Payrolls Remain Stable, with 65,000 More Jobs than a Year Ago

​9/19/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in August, down 0.2 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 August unemployment rate was the lowest monthly unemployment rate for the state on record. Nonfarm payrolls were stable compared to the prior month, down -1,400 jobs. The July monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report (from -400 to +1,300 jobs).


Date Posted: 9/19/2019
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board Meeting

ESAB meeting to be held September 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/02). Any individual planning to attend who will need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify the ADA coordinator at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).


Date Posted: 9/16/2019
Jobs Up in All Metro Areas for First Time Since May 2000 - Unemployment rate down or unchanged in thirteen Metros
​8/22/19 - The number of nonfarm jobs increased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in July, 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 unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in July in eleven Illinois metropolitan areas, increased in one and was unchanged in two.

“We are thrilled to announce that jobs grew in every metro area for the first time since May 2000 and this administration will continue to build on our momentum with policies that invest in our future,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “That’s why Governor Pritzker worked hard to pass a balanced budget that makes historic investments in education and a bipartisan capital bill that will help grow our economy for years to come.” 



Date Posted: 8/23/2019
Illinois Payrolls Hold Steady in July - Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.2 Percent

​8/15/19 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that nonfarm payrolls were about unchanged over-the-month, down -400 jobs, and the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in July, 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 June jobs increase was revised from the preliminary report (from +11,400 to +7,600 jobs).


Date Posted: 8/15/2019
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