IDES employment security offices closed Dec. 25,
should certify; services available on Internet; banking holidays
might delay payments
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[December 23, 2013]
CHICAGO — The Illinois
Department of Employment Security will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. resume on each following
Although offices will be closed, services will be
www.ides.illinois.gov. People will be able to file for
first-time unemployment benefits; certify for benefits, which is
necessary to receive payment; and switch the method of payment to
direct deposit. Because each of the next two Wednesdays is a federal
banking holiday, the availability of some benefit payments might be
delayed. The IDES does not determine federal banking holidays.
Additionally, IDES reminds people that the federal Emergency
Unemployment Compensation program, known as EUC, ends Dec. 28. This
will affect individuals who have collected unemployment insurance
longer than 26 weeks. The state's regular unemployment program
continues. The state program represents weeks one through 26.
Unemployment insurance is a temporary program that supports
families who are in jobless periods through no fault of their own.
The program also supports local businesses as benefit dollars are
spent at local grocers, gas stations and clothing stores. Economic
analysis show each $1 in unemployment insurance generates between
$1.63 and $2 in economic activity.
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Illinois businesses advertised for more than 211,000 job
openings in November. Of those, 84 percent were for full-time
work. Workers can apply for many of these opportunities at
IllinoisJobLink.com. Job seekers can customize resumes to
reflect different help-wanted ads. Doing so also helps qualify
for unemployment benefits.
Illinois has added 281,400 private sector jobs since January
2010, when job growth returned following nearly two years of
consecutive monthly declines. Leading growth sectors are
professional and business services, up 116,400; education and health
services, up 61,000; and trade, transportation and utilities, up
58,700. Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down
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