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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2012

Employment Security Offices Closed Dec. 25, Jan.1
Claimants Should Certify; Services Available on Internet; Banking Holiday Might Delay Payments

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. resume on each following day.

Although offices will be closed, services will be available at www.ides.illinois.gov People still will be able to file for first-time unemployment benefits, certify for benefits which is necessary to receive payment, and switch that method of payment to direct deposit. Because each Tuesday 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 that the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (EUC) ends Dec. 29. This will touch individuals who have collected unemployment insurance longer than 25 weeks. The state’s Regular Unemployment program continues. The state program represents weeks one through 25.

Every $1 in unemployment insurance generates $1.63 in economic activity because the dollars are quickly spent at neighborhood businesses.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

 Further, IDES is federally funded and funding is partly tied to the number of people collecting unemployment. That number will fall because federal EUC ends ($16M cut) and there are fewer people collecting the state’s regular unemployment ($11M cut). When combined with potential cuts from the fiscal cliff ($17M cut), IDES’ budget could be cut $44 million annually, or about 20 percent. These cuts come at a time when the numbers of claims remain 38 percent higher than prior to the recession.

To live within its budget, IDES already has non-scheduled 216 intermittent employees, consolidated eight offices and vacated 10 outpost locations shared with partners.  The federal cuts might necessitate further service reductions, including additional office consolidations. 
 



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