CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. All services will be available on the IDES Web site. TeleServe will be available. Normal office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday will resume Friday, Nov. 12.
Originally called Armistice Day, the day first recognized when fighting ended in World War I: The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended the hostilities, was signed June 28, 1919. President Wilson proclaimed the first commemoration in 1919 and asked for a brief suspension of business at 11 a.m. that day. In 1926, Congress recognized the end of World War I and stated it believed it appropriate that the country recognize the date “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations…”
Congress made Nov. 11 a federal holiday in 1938 and termed it Armistice Day. In 1954, after World War II required the largest mobilization of armed forces in the country’s history, Congress replaced Armistice with Veterans. In 1968, Congress moved the celebrations of four holidays, including Veterans Day, to a Monday to encourage travel and recreation over a three-day weekend. The Monday observance began in 1971 and was considered by many to be confusing and by some to be inappropriate. In 1975 the celebration was returned to Nov. 11, effective in 1978. Illinois declared Nov. 11 to be a state holiday in 1921. It also switched from Armistice to Veterans in 1955.
Illinois has added +50,700 jobs so far this year. In September, the most recent figures available, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped –0.2 point to 9.9 percent. September marks the ninth consecutive month to show steady or declining unemployment rates. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work regardless if they are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. A person not collecting unemployment benefits still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they continue to look for work.
Although IDES offices will be closed, services are available at www.ides.state.il.us 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 Thursday is a federal banking holiday, the availability of some benefit payments might be delayed. The IDES does not determine federal banking holidays.
The IDES 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.