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Statewide Unemployment Drops to 11 Percent, Payrolls Increase in August

​The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -0.5 percentage points to 11.0 percent, while nonfarm payrolls added +66,000 jobs in August, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The July monthly change in payrolls was revised upward from the preliminary report, from +93,200 to +105,000 jobs. The July unemployment rate was revised upward from the preliminary report, from 11.3 percent to 11.5 percent.


Date Posted: 9/17/2020
Employment Security Advisory Board (ESAB) Meeting - September 20, 2020
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: 9/14/2020
Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in All Fourteen Metro Areas in July
SPRINGFIELD –The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in July in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas, with five metro areas at record low payrolls, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The unemployment rate increased over-the-year in all metro areas and to record highs for the month of July in four metros. The official, BLS-approved sub-state unemployment rate and nonfarm jobs series begins in 1990. Data reported prior to 1990 are not directly comparable due to updates in methodology.

“As the state continues to monitor the safety of economic reopening, IDES is committed to continuing to help those who need services,” said IDES Acting Director Kristin Richards. “With the support of the Pritzker administration, the Department is prepared to support working families who continue to be affected by this pandemic.” 



Date Posted: 8/27/2020
IDES Partnering with IDFPR, Financial Institutions to Combat Unemployment Fraud

Partnership Will Assist in Identifying and Recovering Fraudulent Payments

IDES has partnered with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) – Division of Banking and Division of Financial Institutions to work with financial institutions in detecting and combating unemployment fraud. The discovery of unemployment fraud can often be identified early on at the financial institutional level. Coordinating and engaging financial institutions as a resource has been a proven and successful approach in identifying fraudulent actors and detecting and recovering improper payments.


Date Posted: 8/25/2020
Statewide Unemployment Drops to 11.3%, Payrolls Increase in July

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -3.2 percentage points to 11.3 percent, while nonfarm payrolls added +93,200 jobs in July, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The June monthly change in payrolls was revised downward from the preliminary report, from +142,800 to +142,300 jobs. The June unemployment rate was revised downward from the preliminary report, from 14.6 percent to 14.5 percent.


Date Posted: 8/20/2020
Twenty Weeks of Extended Regular State Benefits Now Available

Extended Benefits Available in Addition to PEUC as a Result of Unemployment Rate

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) today announced 20 weeks of state extended benefits (EB) are now available to those who exhaust the allotted 26 weeks of regular state unemployment and the additional 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits. Illinois law provides for 20 weeks of EB during times of “high unemployment,” as defined in the law, instead of the 13 weeks of EB that was available in Illinois since May.


Date Posted: 8/6/2020
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: 8/5/2020
Unemployment Rates Up In All Fourteen Metro Areas Compared to June 2019 Rates

​​7/23/20 - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in June in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas, with six metro areas at record low payrolls, 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 that the unemployment rate increased over-the-year in all metro areas to record highs for the month of June.  The official, BLS-approved sub-state unemployment rate and nonfarm jobs series begins in 1990. Data reported prior to 1990 are not directly comparable due to updates in methodology.


Date Posted: 7/23/2020
Fraud Penetrating All State Unemployment Systems, IDES Taking Steps to Detect, Mitigate, and Pursue Fraudsters

Federal Guidelines Make Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Susceptible to Fraud
7/22/20 – IDES has uncovered and is investigating a widespread fraud scheme that is being conducted nationwide, impacting each state’s federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs, implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. PUA provides 100% federally funded unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of individuals who were not traditionally covered by a state’s regular unemployment insurance program, including self-employed and sole proprietors. Under this program, 39 weeks’ worth of benefits are available to PUA claimants whose claims can be backdated as earlier as February 2, 2020, with benefits ending December 26, 2020.


Date Posted: 7/22/2020
Statewide Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline, Payrolls Increase in June

7/16/20 – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -0.7 percentage point to 14.6 percent, while nonfarm payrolls added +142,800 jobs in June, a record monthly increase, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The May monthly change in payrolls was revised downward from the preliminary report, from +62,200 to +59,600 jobs. The May unemployment rate was revised upward from the preliminary report, from 15.2 percent to 15.3 percent.


Date Posted: 7/16/2020
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