News and Announcements

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
Important Notice Regarding Quarterly Statements

​​7/16/20 - Due to the volume of unemployment insurance claims resulting from the pandemic, it is impracticable for IDES to mail employers the quarterly Statements of Benefit Charges (for taxable employers) and Statements of Amount Due for Benefit Charges (for reimbursable employers). Therefore, all employers will be able to view the Statements for the Second Quarter 2020, along with instructions and a protest form, on their MyTax.Illinois.gov account when they are posted on August 14, 2020.

All employers will be mailed a notice on July 22, 2020 asking that they sign up for a MyTax account. This notice will state that the Statements will "only" be delivered on MyTax. This is incorrect.  A second notice will be mailed on August 10, 2020 with instructions on how to receive a duplicate paper copy of the Statement through the mail, though due to the lengthy nature of the Statements, IDES is asking that employers do not request a duplicate paper copy unless necessary.


Date Posted: 7/16/2020
New Callback only Model at the Illinois Department of Employment Security

​7/8/20 - Effective July 9, 2020, we have implemented the “callback only model” as a temporary solution to effectively honor the order in which callers attempt to reach the call center for assistance. This new model will be in effect for the following call centers: Claimant Services Center (800.244.5631), IllinoisJobLink.com (877.342.7533), Benefit Payment Control (800.814.0513) and Employer Hotline (800.247.4984). What this means to you is that rather than wait on hold or call multiple times, you will receive a call when you are next in line without losing your place.


Date Posted: 7/8/2020
Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in All Metro Areas as Illinois Moves into Phase 4 of the Reopen Illinois Plan

​6/25/20  – The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in May 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 May. 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: 6/25/2020
Unemployment Decreases, Payrolls Rise as Industries Reopen

​6/18/20 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -2.0 percentage points to 15.2 percent, while nonfarm payrolls added +62,200 jobs in May, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The April monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report from -762,200 to -738,600 jobs. The April unemployment rate was also revised from the preliminary report, from 16.4 percent to 17.2 percent, as a result of large monthly revisions to unemployed and employed in April.


Date Posted: 6/18/2020
Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board June Meeting
6/15/20 - 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: 6/15/2020
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