Mission and Vision of IDES


To serve Illinois workers and employers to the best of our ability every time and to use our knowledge of the Illinois workforce to inform sound policy decision making​


The Illinois Department of Employment Security will encourage economic growth and stability in Illinois by providing vital Employment Services to Illinois residents and employers, analyzing and disseminating actionable Labor Market Information, and administering Unemployment Insurance programs.​

What We Do

  • ​IDES administers the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, collecting roughly $2 billion in employer taxes and disbursing roughly $2 billion to unemployed claimants each year.
  • IDES provides employment services to employers and job seekers throughout Illinois.​
  • IDES provides employment and wage data for research and the development of sound public workforce policy.​