The Illinois Department of Employment Security temporarily laid off about 20 employees funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to a spokesman for IDES, these individuals essentially make up the department's economic forecasting unit. Employment reports, such as job creation numbers and unemployment rates at the state, regional and local levels, will not occur until federal funding is restored.
Employment services and job training continues for civilians and Veterans. The Employment Service grant previously was funded through the end of June 2014.
Although the Veterans Grant has yet to be funded, IDES has funding it can use for the next few pay periods.
Current unemployment insurance claimants: No changes. Benefits will continue to be paid based on eligibility.