News and Announcements

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
IDES Offices Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

​3/26/20 - 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 or 866-488-4016 TTY.
To certify for Unemployment Insurance benefits, click here or call Tele-Serve at 312-338-4337 Monday - Friday 5:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
To post your resume, search job postings, or find a job, visit www.illinoisjoblink.com

Date Posted: 3/26/2020
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
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board

​3/16/20 - 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: 3/16/2020
Unemployment Falls to New Historical Low in January - First Time in Ten Years Illinois Falls Below National Rate

​3/12/20 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -0.2 percentage point to 3.5 percent, a new record low, while nonfarm payrolls added +16,600 jobs in January, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The December monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report from +8,000 to +12,000 jobs.


Date Posted: 3/12/2020
Pritzker Administration to Provide Unemployment Benefits to Workers Impacted by Coronavirus - Benefits to cover workers without access to paid sick leave impacted by COVID-19

3/11/20  – Today, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced they are taking additional steps to support workers and families impacted by COVID-19. The administration will file emergency rules this week to clarify that individuals unemployed due to COVID-19 can generally qualify for unemployment benefits to the full extent permitted by federal law.


Date Posted: 3/11/2020
1099G Forms Available for Recipients of Unemployment Insurance Benefits - Electronic, Paper Documents Ready for Filing
​2/19/20 - 1099G tax forms are now available to include when filing taxes for those who received unemployment insurance benefits for the 2019 calendar year, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today.
Over 220,000 individuals opted to receive the 1099G form electronically, which were made available on January 10, while just more than 115,000 individuals opted to receive paper versions of the form, which were mailed January 30.



Date Posted: 2/19/2020
Unemployment Rate Down in All Fourteen Metro Areas, Jobs Up in Ten - Record Lows in December for Three Metros, 33 Counties

​​1/30/20 -  The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in December 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 ten Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in three, and was unchanged in one.


Date Posted: 1/30/2020
Illinois Unemployment Rate Drops to New Historical Low in December
1/24/2020 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -0.1 percentage point to 3.7 percent, a new historical low, while nonfarm payrolls added +8,000 jobs in December, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The November monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report from -17,200 to -13,400 jobs.



Date Posted: 1/24/2020
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