Unemployment

Economy
5:22 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Metro Unemployment Falls For Fifth Straight Month In Illinois

Credit Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment rates in Illinois metro areas declined for the fifth straight month in August.

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Illinois
6:14 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Mixed News For Illinois' Jobs Picture

Illinois' jobless rate is now at 7.5 percent. It's the third consecutive monthly decrease. And it's at its lowest level since 2008.

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Illinois
12:23 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Illinois' Jobless Rate Among The Worst In The Nation

There are three states tied for the highest unemployment rate in the country: Nevada, Mississippi, and California. Doing better by one-tenth of one percent is Illinois.

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Unemployment
6:13 am
Tue January 29, 2013

New Translations for Benefit Applications

Credit IDES

Illinois applications for unemployment benefits are now available online in Spanish and Polish. The translations follow other changes made to help people whose primary language is not English. The Illinois Department of Employment Security has had requests for more than 60 languages. 

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Employment
6:24 am
Tue January 15, 2013

DeKalb Unemployment Office Closing

Credit IDES

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced it is closing seven offices and cutting 192 positions. The list of closures includes the DeKalb office. The agency says the decision is due in part because a somewhat improved economy. That has led to fewer unemployment insurance claims.

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Unemployment
2:12 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Government jobs loss pushes Illinois unemployment up to 8.9%

Although Illinois added 800 private-sector jobs in July, a sharp decline in local school jobs brought the net tally to 7,100 fewer positions in July than June. That helped the unemployment rate inch upward 0.2 points to 8.9 percent.

Seasonally adjusted preliminary data was released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

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Business
3:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Unemployment down, payroll up in Rockford metro

The Rockford metro area unemployment rate fell nearly one percentage point in May  to 10.4 percent and payroll employment grew by 3,400 jobs or 2.3 percent, according to preliminary data released today.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Department of Labor said unemployment fell in eight metro areas, increased in two and essentially was unchanged in two compared to last year, according

The data comparing May 2012 to May 2011 is not seasonally adjusted. The state unadjusted rate has dropped every month this year.

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Business
2:59 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

State unemployment falls to 8.7% -- lowest since 2009

The April unemployment rate in Illinois fell for the eighth consecutive month to reach8.7 percent, according to federal and state preliminary data released today.

The last time the unemployment rate was below 8.7 percent was February 2009, when it was 8.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

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