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IDES Notifying Claimants Whose Information May Have Been Viewed by a Single Individual Due to PUA System Access Issue

Deloitte to Offer Free Credit Monitoring to All Claimants Possibly Impacted

5/26/20 – After working with Deloitte to investigate a glitch in the system it built for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today notification will begin to go out to claimants whose information may have been unintentionally viewed by a single claimant.


Date Posted: 5/26/2020
IDES Offices Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

The health and safety of our customers and staff are of highest importance. In order to protect everyone through social distancing, IDES offices are closed to the public until further notice. 

You may access IDES services using the following methods:To file an Unemployment Insurance claim, click here.

If you have questions about Unemployment Insurance, please call our Customer Service Center at 800-244-5631.  Individuals with a hearing impairment who would like to speak with someone in the Claimant Services Center should dial 711 for the Illinois Relay System.  Once connected, please direct the communications analyst to call IDES at 800.244.5631.

To certify for Unemployment Insurance benefits, click here or call Tele-Serve at 312-338-4337 Monday - Friday 3:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
To post your resume, search job postings, or find a job, visit www.illinoisjoblink.com

Date Posted: 5/25/2020
Illinois Unemployment Rate Rises to 16.4% Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

​5/21/20 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate jumped +12.2 percentage points to 16.4 percent, while nonfarm payrolls shed -762,200 jobs in April, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact Illinois businesses and households, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The monthly unemployment rate rose to a new record high since current methodologies were enacted in 1976 and the monthly decline in nonfarm payroll jobs also set a record. The March monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report from -34,100 to -60,900 jobs. The March unemployment rate was also revised from the preliminary report, from 4.6 percent to 4.2 percent, as a result of a downward revision to the number of people in the labor force in March.


Date Posted: 5/21/2020
IDES Instructs 1099 Workers to Apply for Regular Unemployment Benefits Before PUA Program Goes Live - PUA Portal to Launch on May 11

​5/6/20 – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) today released new instructions for 1099 workers who have lost work due to COVID-19. Workers who believe they may be eligible for new federal benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, must first apply for regular unemployment insurance before applying for benefits under PUA when a new application portal opens on May 11, 2020 via the IDES website.


Date Posted: 5/6/2020
Payroll Jobs Down in Twelve Metro Areas as Impact of COVID-19 Begins

​​4/23/20 - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in March in twelve 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 unemployment rate temporarily decreased over the year due to the shrinking of the labor force as businesses began to close and workers transitioned due to COVID-19. The unemployment rate and labor force fell in thirteen metropolitan areas.  


Date Posted: 4/23/2020
Illinois Unemployment Rate Up, Payroll Jobs Down in March at Start of COVID-19 Outbreak

​4/16/20 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate rose +1.2 percentage points to 4.6 percent, while nonfarm payrolls lost -34,100 jobs in March. This reflects the initial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Illinois businesses and households, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The February monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report from -200 to  -11,400 jobs.


Date Posted: 4/16/2020
Unemployment Rate Down in February for All Fourteen Metros Amidst Ongoing Surge of Unemployment Claims as a Result of COVID-19

​​4/2/20 - While the unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in February in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas and all 102 counties, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), the department continues to receive an unprecedented number of unemployment claims as a result of COVID-19. 


Date Posted: 4/2/2020
IDES Taking Steps to Address Unprecedented Volume of Unemployment Claims - Improved Processes to Help Streamline Increased Need for Benefits

​3/27/20 - Today, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced they are taking additional steps to address the unprecedented volume of unemployment benefit claims the department has fielded as a result of COVID-19.


Date Posted: 3/27/2020
Unemployment Rate Dropped to New Historic Low in February, While State Sees Significant Increase in Unemployment Claims in March

​​3/26/20 - While the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -0.1 percentage point to 3.4 percent, a new record low, the state is responding to a surge of unemployment claims in March due to the impacts of. COVID-19. To this point, March unemployment claims total 133,763 compared to 27,493 over the same period in 2019.


Date Posted: 3/26/2020
Unemployment Rate Down in Thirteen Metro Areas - Record Lows in January for Four Metros, 52 Counties

​​3/19/20 - The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in January 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 four Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in ten.


Date Posted: 3/19/2020
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