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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2009

Employment Security Closed to Honor Veterans Day
All Services Available on Internet Nov. 11

CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

However, all services the Department provides through its internet Website will be available. 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. The Website is www.ides.state.il.us

The Department encourages direct deposit. Direct deposit is a simple, smart and secure way to receive benefits. Debit cards also are available. There are no fees associated with a debit card when used inside more than 5,000 Illinois banks that accept Visa or point-of-service counters across the country that accept Visa such as grocery stores, drug stores and convenience stores. Customers can request cash back after qualifying purchases. Fees likely will be assessed when using out-of-network ATM machines or at merchants that do not accept Visa.

Career planning, training and job placement assistance are available at Illinois workNet centers. The services encourage individuals to assess their current skills and identify the training or education needed to augment those skills so they are ready to re-enter the workforce when a national recovery brings job growth to Illinois.

The Department also administers tax credits and bonding programs that reward employers who hire specific workers, such as military veterans and the formerly incarcerated. The Department hosts workshops to help employers better understand how unemployment insurance claims are evaluated, what is required of a successful challenge, and other services to help businesses evaluate current and future growth potential.

The seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate for the month of October is 10.2 percent. The latest figure available for Illinois is for September, which is 10.5 percent. The October figure for Illinois is expected Thursday, No. 19. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for a job regardless if they are eligible for unemployment insurance. A person not collecting unemployment insurance still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they continue to look for work.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security supports economic stability by administering unemployment benefits, collecting business contributions to fund those benefits, connecting employers with qualified job seekers, and providing economic information to assist career planning and economic development. It does so through nearly 60 offices across the state, including the Illinois workNet Centers.



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