Department of Employment Security, Illinois

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The Department of Employment Security is an agency in Illinois.

The purpose of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is to administer the state's unemployment insurance program, provide services to assist job seekers and employers, and publish information regarding the Illinois economy and workforce.[1]

Budget

Budget information does not seem to be available on the IDES website, but can be accessed on the State of Illinois website.[2]

Appropriations ($ Thousands):

Program FY 2010 Actual FY 2011 Enacted FY 2012 Recommended
Unemployment Insurance 273,214.90 270,784.60 286,881.70
Employment Service 61,365.60 61,572.80 55,472.60
Labor Market Information 17,445.20 18,291.90 18,181.40
Total 352,025.70 350,649.30 360,535.70
Fund Category FY 2010 Actual FY 2011 Enacted FY 2012 Recommended
General Funds 6,907.70 6,907.70 24,000.00
Other State Funds 1,916.70 1,916.70 1,916.70
Federal Funds 343,201.30 341,824.90 334,619.00
Total 352,025.70 350,649.30 360,535.70

The IDES has received $6,712,278,254 in disbursed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.[3]

Programs

Major services provided by IDES include Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Employment Services. Through IDES, unemployed workers can obtain information about UI and file for UI claims.[1]

Data regarding UI benefits is available through the IDES website.[4]

Average Weekly Benefit Amount for the Regular U.I. Program

Year Annual Average Actual Change Annual Percent Change JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Annual Average
2011 $427.26 $114.05 36.41% $321.85 $323.22 $320.52 $316.19 $427.26
2010 $313.21 -$12.31 -3.78% $323.32 $324.15 $322.72 $317.58 $313.63 $307.96 $297.62 $299.41 $311.80 $312.58 $308.84 $318.94 $313.21
2009 $325.53 $15.99 5.17% $325.03 $333.98 $333.97 $333.70 $331.96 $328.10 $323.14 $317.57 $321.98 $320.01 $315.49 $321.38 $325.53
2008 $309.53 $7.13 2.36% $321.94 $325.71 $323.17 $318.99 $309.78 $300.97 $294.80 $291.90 $300.50 $304.41 $306.25 $315.98 $309.53
2007 $302.40 $13.18 4.56% $313.20 $322.28 $319.60 $310.67 $302.82 $292.15 $284.87 $284.26 $294.12 $297.70 $298.25 $308.91 $302.40
2006 $289.22 $6.60 2.33% $297.28 $301.56 $301.51 $292.75 $286.48 $279.99 $274.20 $276.44 $283.67 $286.40 $290.35 $300.00 $289.22
2005 $282.62 $3.06 1.10% $291.00 $296.30 $297.13 $289.08 $282.56 $276.85 $270.17 $269.64 $275.64 $277.37 $278.30 $287.40 $282.62
2004 $276.96 -$2.61 -0.93% $287.02 $290.52 $287.97 $282.15 $277.63 $272.91 $264.53 $265.72 $271.93 $270.64 $271.20 $281.24 $276.96
2003 $279.56 $0.72 0.26% $286.42 $289.51 $288.25 $285.14 $279.84 $275.43 $271.56 $270.12 $273.68 $276.60 $276.44 $281.74 $279.56
2002 $278.84 $9.48 3.52% $282.83 $287.07 $287.60 $284.14 $281.38 $276.73 $271.38 $269.60 $273.35 $277.11 $274.90 $280.03 $278.84
2001 $269.36 $19.14 7.65% $268.67 $275.21 $273.49 $269.48 $266.94 $264.47 $261.92 $263.78 $268.92 $272.04 $272.73 $274.67 $269.36
2000 $250.22 $10.16 4.23% $255.83 $261.92 $259.00 $254.00 $249.13 $243.17 $239.63 $239.63 $245.49 $246.82 249.29 $258.74 $250.22

Employment services for job seekers include:

  • Job fairs, special employment events, and resume / job hunting workshops
  • PCs with Internet access, fax machines, other career resources
  • Job search assistance for veterans and the Re-entry Employment Services Program

Employment services for employers include:

  • IDES staff assistance and use of IDES facilities for such needs as recruitment
  • Tax Credits for hiring disadvantaged workers
  • Mass hiring for startups and new business locations
  • Online tax filing

The department also provides Workforce and Career Information, namely analyses on the state’s economy and labor force.

IDES also provides resources to help veterans find jobs and transition back to the civilian work force[5]

The department's Youth Services program helps young people find their first job, either summer employment or part-time work during the school year.[6]

The department's Re-Entry Services program, in cooperation with the Chicago Jobs Council, provides resources to ex-offenders seeking jobs.[7]

Job fairs and workshops are also posted on the department website.[8]

Leadership

Executive staff names, biographies, pay grade/benefits information, and contact information is not posted.

Transparency

General contact information for the department is provided, but administrators and executive staff do not seem to be listed.[9]

Means of reporting unemployment insurance fraud is posted.[10]

Procurement notifications and awards are posted.[11]

The department's Freedom of Information Act contact name and information is provided.<ref.FOIA Contacts</ref>

The IDES website does not have a search feature.

Unemployment

According to the IDES, the unemployment rate in Illinois dropped to 8.7 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from March, continuing a consecutive 15-month improvement in the state's employment figures.[12]

External links

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