Thursday, November 1, 2012

Teleserve Number - Illinois Unemployment - IDES - (312) 338..

Best time to call? We say around 4pm.

From IDES: 1 (888) 337....
Why certify for benefits (or, why 'claim weeks' of unemployment)?

> (312) 338-4337

If you do not certify, you will not receive Unemployment Insurance benefits!

The term “certification" is used by IDES to describe how you claim (888.337-...weeks of unemployment and receive benefits if you are entitled. This term is used because you are “certifying” on a biweekly basis that your answers to the questions in Tele-Serve about your unemployment status are correct. Your answers to these questions are factors in determining your entitlement to benefits for the weeks for which you are claiming. >> Click for the Tele-Serve brochure | en Español
Note: Before any benefits can be paid on a new claim, you must serve a non-paid "waiting week". Electronic payments made to eligible individuals are generally available within 2-3 business days of certification.

What if the Tele-Serve phone number is busy?

Wait. Call volume is particularly high early in the morning (especially Mondays and Tuesdays). If the number is busy, hang up, and try calling again in the afternoon or up to 8:30 p.m. that same day. Certifying early on your scheduled call date doesn't make payments come any faster.
If you miss your scheduled call date, you may still call on Thursday or Friday of the same week. You may also call on your regular call day the following week (or Thursday or Friday of that week).
Please remember, if you do not certify - or claim weeks - for unemployment benefits, you will not receive any payment.

1099s Mailed by IDES for Tax Year 2008

Chicago (1/27) - Because unemployment benefits are subject to federal and state income tax, each year Form 1099-G is mailed by January 31st to those individuals who received UI benefits in the previous calendar year, using the last address on file. These documents may be forwarded, provided the Post Office has a current "mail forwarding" request on file.

What is the Tele-Serve system?

From 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, including many holidays, the IDES Tele-Serve system is a fast, safe, reliable touch-tone phone service that enables you to do the following from the basic menu:
Press 1 Claim Weeks of Unemployment
Press 2 Reopen Your Claim
Press 3 Check Status Of Your Claim
Press 4 Establish or Change Your PIN
Press 5 Obtain General Information About IDES

When should I certify using Tele-Serve?

Approximately two weeks after you have filed your claim you must certify the first time for benefits by calling Tele-Serve.
Information and instructions will be mailed indicating your Bi-Weekly Certification Call Day and the date you should first call Tele-Serve to certify. If you do not receive this information sheet within two weeks from the date your claim was filed, contact your local office immediately.
After your first certification, you will continue to call Tele-Serve on a biweekly basis on your call day. Your specific date to call Tele-Serve will be printed on your Statement of Certification which will be mailed to you after each time you certify. >> more on this process for those who filed an internet claim

What are the phone numbers?

Statewide Tele-Serve number
(including callers in the Chicago area)
TDD (Hearing Impaired)
(Hours for TDD-only: 8:30 - 5:00 on regular business days)

Unemployment benefits and taxes

Federal tax form 1099-G's are mailed at the end of January each year to those individuals who received UI benefits in the previous calendar year. These documents may be forwarded, provided the U.S. Post Office has a current "mail forwarding" request on file.
Claimants who have not received their 1099 form should also contact the local office where their claim was filed for more information, assistance, or to update their IDES address record. Some individuals may be able to obtain a new form through Tele-Serve.

When you call, be sure to have your:

  • social security number
  • personal identification number (PIN)
  • earnings before taxes
  • your latest Statement of Certification
  • Paper and pencil to record any information given to you during your call

Certification Questions You Will Be Asked:

  • Have you received or will you receive holiday pay? (Have holiday pay amount available)
  • Did you work? (Have earnings before taxes available)
  • Has your dependency status changed?
  • Were you able to work and available for work?
  • Did you actively look for work?
  • Are you receiving or have you applied for a Social Security pension?
  • Other than Social Security, are you receiving or have you applied for a retirement or disability pension?
  • Are you attending school or receiving training?
  • Have you claimed or will you receive workers' compensation for a temporary disability?
Address and name changes:
  • Has your phone number changed? Enter your new ten-digit telephone number; Tele-Serve will read it back to you for verification. Confirm if correct.
  • Has your mailing address or name changed?
  • Call your Local Office during business hours to report address and name changes.
Tele-Serve will tell you the number to call or see the directory of local offices.

Important things to remember about Tele-Serve

Do not hang up until Tele-Serve tells you your claim has been accepted:
"This ends your filing at this time."
Guard your PIN: you are responsible for all activity on your claim! Record your work search efforts each week on the form provided by IDES.

Monday, August 8, 2011

June Local Unemployment Rates Lowest Since 2008

CHICAGO - All 12 metro areas in Illinois recorded their lowest June unemployment rate in three years, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. In addition, year-over-year unemployment rates dropped in every metropolitan area in Illinois for an unprecedented 10 consecutive months. The not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2011 to June 2010. The largest declines were in: Rockford (-3.0 points to 11.6 percent), Danville (-2.5 points to 9.8 percent), and Peoria (-2.1 points to 7.9 percent). The unemployment rate fell -0.2 to 10.4 percent in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area.

"The lowest June unemployment rate in three years is a significant milestone and is evidence that the Illinois economy is improving and moving in the right direction," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "Despite the soft pause nationally, the data shows encouraging news across our state compared to last year."

Over the year, total payroll jobs increased in seven metro areas, decreased in four and were unchanged in one. The largest increases were in Kankakee-Bradley (+4.1 percent, +1,800), Peoria (+2.8 percent, +5,100), and the Quad Cities (+2.6 percent, +4,700). Total employment also was up in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area (+0.6 percent, +21,600). Leading sectors were Educational and Health Services (nine areas) and Construction and Manufacturing (eight areas each).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year and is not designed to be compared to the previous month. The June 2011 not seasonally adjusted state rate was 9.7 percent and 12.1 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the rate was 9.3 percent in June and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work. A person ineligible for unemployment benefits will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they continue to look for work. Since January 2010, Illinois has added +97,200 new jobs.
Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Metropolitan Area June 2011 * June 2010
Bloomington-Normal 7.0% 7.9%
Champaign-Urbana 8.6% 9.5%
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 10.4% 10.6%
Danville 9.8% 12.3%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. 7.0% 8.0%
Decatur 9.8% 11.8%
Kankakee-Bradley 10.7% 12.5%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 8.8% 10.2%
Peoria 7.9% 10.0%
Rockford 11.6% 14.6%
Springfield 7.0% 8.0%
St. Louis (IL-Section) 8.5% 9.9%

* Data subject to revision.
Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - June 2011
Metropolitan Area June 2001 (preliminary) June 2010 (revised) Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA 89,100 89,800 -700
Champaign-Urbana MSA 102,400 105,800 -3,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. 3,673,600 3,652,000 21,600
Danville MSA 29,000 29,000 0
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA 185,500 180,800 4,700
Decatur MSA 52,600 52,800 -200
Kankakee-Bradley MSA 45,200 43,400 1,800
Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. 388,200 384,800 3,400
Peoria MSA 184,700 179,600 5,100
Rockford MSA 146,400 145,600 800
Springfield MSA 113,200 112,600 600
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA 234,000 235,300 -1,300

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


How is the debit card changing?
The card that unemployment security benefits are deliv-
ered on is going to change. The current blue Visa card will
be replaced by a new red debit MasterCard from Chase.
When will I receive my new card?
The new red Chase debit MasterCard will arrive by mail in
June. It will come with information about how to activate
the card. If you have moved in the last 12 months and have
not updated your address, please call IDES at 800-244-
5631 and make sure we have a current address on file for
you. If IDES does not have your current address, your
benefit payments may be interrupted.
How soon can I begin to use the new card?
You can begin to use your new red Chase debit MasterCard
in July. Until then, you can continue to use your current
blue Visa debit card.
Will the new card work differently than the
card I have now?
Basically, the new card will work the same as your existing
card. The color and the name of the card is changing,
but it can be used at all of the locations you currently go to.
Specific details about the new debit card will be sent
with the new card in June.
Will the new card affect my unemployment
The new card will not affect your unemployment benefits.
However, there may be a delay in receiving your card if
IDES does not have your current address on file. If you have
moved in the last twelve months and have not updated your
address, please contact IDES at 800-244-5631.
What will happen to my current debit card?
After June 30, no benefits will be deposited on the blue
Visa debit card. You can continue to use the blue Visa
debit card until all funds are spent.
What will happen to any money I have left on
my current card?
Money on your blue Visa debit card will not be trans-
ferred to the new red Chase debit MasterCard. Spend
your blue Visa debit card balance to zero.
What if I make automatic payments from the
old card?
If you have a recurring payment set to be charged to
your blue Visa debit card, the recurring payment can
continue until the balance on the blue Visa debit card is
zero. Then the recurring payment should be redirected
to the new red Chase debit MasterCard.
What should I do if I do not receive a new card?
If you do not receive a new card by July 1, please call
IDES at 800-244-5631.
Who should I contact if I lose or misplace a card?
Blue Visa Debit Card: 800-627-2069
Red Debit MasterCard: 866-728-2167
Address updates and benefit questions: 800-244-5631

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cut-Off Dates for Certain Unemployment Benefit Programs

Cut-Off Dates for Certain Unemployment Benefit Programs

Under current law, the number of weeks of benefits available to Illinois claimants, based on a single
application, has ranged from 26 to 99, depending upon when they initially applied for regular benefits.
The maximum 99 weeks of benefits has included 26 weeks of regular state benefits; 53 weeks of
emergency unemployment compensation (EUC), in four separate tiers of 20, 14, 13 and six weeks, and 20
weeks of extended benefits (EB).
Under the federal additional compensation (FAC) program, claimants have received an extra $25 per
week in addition to the unemployment benefits they would otherwise receive.
Under current law:
Individuals who did not exhaust regular benefits by May 22, 2010, will not qualify for EUC.
Individuals who exhausted regular benefits on May 29, 2010, potentially qualified for one week
of EB.
Individuals who exhausted an EUC tier after May 29, 2010, will not graduate to the next tier.
The EB program terminated in Illinois as of June 5, 2010.
Individuals who initiated a regular benefit claim after May 29, 2010, will not be eligible for FAC.

There have been several so far unsuccessful attempts in the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to extend the
cut-off dates for qualifying for an EUC tier, as well as the duration of the EB program in Illinois.
However, many observers now expect the Senate will have enough votes to pass an extension by the week
of July 18, when a critical Senate vacancy is expected to be filled. At this point, it does not appear that
the cut-off date for qualifying for FAC payments will be extended or that the total number of weeks
available based on a single application will be increased beyond 99.
Benefit payments to individuals with certification dates occurring the week of July 11 or 18 will be based
on current law. For example, individuals who exhausted any of the first three EUC tiers as of July 10 and
who certify on July 19 will not be paid benefits for the week ending July 17, unless and until federal
legislation is enacted to extend the cutoff date for qualifying for the next EUC tier. Claimants who will
not qualify for further payments without an extension of the cutoff dates for EUC or EB should
continue bi-weekly certification using Teleserve or the Internet on their regular certification days.
If legislation permitting further payments is passed, the Department will release payments for all
unpaid weeks for which claimants are eligible as quickly as possible.
Please check this site for further updates.
Revised: July 15, 2010

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Governor Quinn Announces Recovery Money to Help Unemployed

Funding provides 13 more weeks of unemployment insurance

CHICAGO – April 16, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will fund an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance for Illinois
unemployed workers who otherwise would have exhausted their benefits. The news comes after the Illinois
Department of Employment Security announced that the Illinois unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent last

“The proud workers of Illinois deserve this additional help to weather the storm of this national
recession,” said Governor Quinn. “We need to do more than just extend unemployment benefits – we need to
pass legislation to put the people of Illinois back to work. Two weeks ago I signed the Jump Start Capital Plan
to start projects that put people to work; now I am working with the General Assembly to pass the rest of the
Illinois Jobs Now! plan which will support 340,000 jobs.”

The Extended Benefits Program provides up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment insurance to
workers who have exhausted their 26 weeks of benefits through the state and the additional 33 weeks
provided through federal emergency extensions approved by Congress. Without the Extended Benefits
Program, Illinois workers who exhausted their regular and emergency benefits would no longer receive
unemployment benefits through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

The Extended Benefits Program activated April 5 after the insured unemployment rate exceeded 5
percent. The extended benefits automatically will become payable for weeks beginning on or after April 12.

With extended benefits come more rigorous federal requirements. In order to qualify for extended
benefits, claimants must document their job search, which must generally include at least five personal
contacts with prospective employers each week and three work applications each week. Those eligible for
extended benefits will receive more detail in the mail and do not need to contact the department. Details are
also available at

“To assist working families with the more stringent documentation rules, the Department has set up a
centralized customer service center and will provide individual notices to claimants along with required forms
necessary to receive the benefit payment,” IDES Director Maureen O’Donnell said.


The Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March is 9.1 percent, the highest level since November 1985, according to data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The March rate is +0.5 percent higher than February and the sixth consecutive month to record an increase.

Total non-farm payroll declined by –39,300 jobs in March 2009, the second largest over-the-
month decrease on record (back to 1990). In March, the number of unemployed people in Illinois increased to 596,000 (+27,400), the highest level reported since September 1983.

“As the recession continues, so do our efforts to improve customer service and to inform people about programs that assess an individual’s work skills so they can better prepare themselves when the economy turns around,” IDES Director Maureen O’Donnell said. “We encourage workers to take advantage of this time by learning new skills and positioning themselves for better opportunities as this economy improves.”
Nationally, the total number of unemployed grew to 13.2 million in March. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.5 percent, its highest level in 25 years. National payroll employment declined for the 15th consecutive month, dropping by -663,000 jobs and bringing total national job losses to -5.1 million since the recession began in December 2007.

In Illinois, the Manufacturing sector lost -14,200 jobs in March, its third largest over-the-month reduction since January 1992. In the last year, this sector has dropped by -60,800 jobs, more than 9 percent of its total workforce. The Professional and Business Services sector reported -13,200 fewer workers, the second largest decrease on record and its third decline in excess of -10,000 in the last five months.
The IDES administers federally funded employment services and unemployment insurance programs through its nearly 60 offices, including the Illinois workNet Centers. IDES also receives federal grants to provide and analyze labor market statistics and information.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Illinois 9.1% 8.6%* 6.0%*
U.S. 8.5% 8.1% 5.1%
* Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-Farm Jobs – by Major Industry
Industry Title
Over the
Over the

Total Non-Farm 5,744,300 5,783,600 5,976,600 -39,300 -232,300
Mining 10,100 10,200 9,900 -100 200
Construction 233,200 235,400 263,200 -2,200 -30,000
Manufacturing 602,400 616,600 666,500 -14,200 -64,100
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities 1,170,400 1,177,200 1,213,100 -6,800 -42,700
Information 111,300 111,400 116,100 -100 -4,800
Financial Activities 380,600 384,200 395,700 -3,600 -15,100
Professional and Business Services 803,000 816,200 870,900 -13,200 -67,900
Educational and Health Services 803,100 803,900 791,700 -800 11,400
Leisure and Hospitality 514,600 514,000 533,300 600 -18,700
Other Services 261,700 260,700 262,800 1,000 -1,100
Government 853,900 853,800 853,400 100 500

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Federal Stimulus Plan

The Federal Stimulus Plan has been in the news a lot lately. So what does it mean for people receiving unemployment benefits in Illinois? For more information on the Stimulus Plan and its effects on unemployment, including the $25 weekly supplement to eligible individuals and federal tax changes continue reading...

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is now law and
was effective February 22, 2009. Here are some basic facts about how
this law affects Unemployment Insurance.

The Federal Additional Compensation
The recently enacted Federal Additional Compensation Program (FAC)
provides a $25 weekly supplement to individuals who are eligible to
receive unemployment benefits under federal or state law.
FAC is payable effective February 22, 2009. Therefore, the weekending
February 28, 2009 is the first week your unemployment
payment will reflect the $25 FAC. Payment of FAC will continue
through the week ending July 3, 2010 as long as your benefit year was
established prior to January 1, 2010 and you continue to be eligible for
unemployment benefits.

FAC benefits are subject to federal and state taxes. If you are paid
FAC to which you were not entitled, an overpayment will be

An individual may not receive a FAC supplement if they are ineligible
for unemployment benefits.


Federal tax exemption:
The first $2,400 of UI benefits received during the 2009 tax year are
not subject to federal taxes. If you wish to change your withholding
status on your current claim, please complete the TAX-2 form and fax
the form to 1-217-557-2067 or mail the form to:

850 E Madison
First Floor
Springfield, IL 62794-9295

Sunday, March 1, 2009

grand ave. chicago ides unemployment office

Lots of requests for this:

Grand Avenue
(773) 227-7117 3500
West Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651-4009

Monday, February 16, 2009

IDES offices are closed on Monday, February 16, 2009

IDES offices are closed on Monday, February 16, 2009, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.


Nonfarm payroll employment fell sharply in January (-598,000) and the unemployment rate rose from
7.2 to 7.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Payroll
employment has declined by 3.6 million since the start of the recession in December 2007; about one-half of
this decline occurred in the past 3 months. In January, job losses were large and widespread across nearly all
major industry sectors.

Establishment and Household Data Changes
The establishment survey data in this release have been revised as a result of the annual
benchmarking process and the updating of seasonal adjustment factors. See the note beginning
on page 6 for more information on the revisions.
In addition, household survey data for January 2009 reflect updated population estimates.
See the note on page 7 for more information. Also, January 2009 industry data shown in table
A-11 of this release have been converted to the 2007 Census Industry Classification System.
Historical data have not been revised.

Unemployment (Household Survey Data)
Both the number of unemployed persons (11.6 million) and the unemployment rate (7.6 percent) rose in
January. Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 4.1 million and the
unemployment rate has risen by 2.7 percentage points. (See table A-1.)
The unemployment rate continued to trend upward in January for adult men (7.6 percent), adult women
(6.2 percent), whites (6.9 percent), blacks (12.6 percent), and Hispanics (9.7 percent). The jobless rate for
teenagers was unchanged at 20.8 percent. The unemployment rate for Asians was 6.2 percent in January, not
seasonally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
Among the unemployed, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs increased to
7.0 million in January. This measure has grown by 3.2 million during the last 12 months. (See table A-8.)
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.6 million
in January. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed was up by 1.3 million. The
number of persons unemployed less than 5 weeks rose to 3.7 million in January. (See table A-9.)
Total Employment and the Labor Force (Household Survey Data)
The civilian labor force participation rate, at 65.5 percent in January, has edged down in recent months.
The employment-population ratio declined by 0.5 percentage point to 60.5 percent over the month, and by 2.4
percentage points over the year. (See table A-1.)
The number of persons who worked part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary
part-time workers) was essentially unchanged in January at 7.8 million; however, this measure was up by 3.1
million over the past 12 months. Included in this category are persons who would like to work full time but
were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find full-time
jobs. (See table A-5.)
Persons Not in the Labor Force (Household Survey Data)
About 2.1 million persons (not seasonally adjusted) were marginally attached to the labor force in January,
about 400,000 more than 12 months earlier. These individuals wanted and were available for work and had
looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not
searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. Among the marginally attached, there were 734,000
discouraged workers in January, up by about 270,000 from a year earlier. Discouraged workers are persons not
currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The other 1.4 million persons
marginally attached to the labor force in January had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey
for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-13.)
Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
Total nonfarm payroll employment fell sharply (-598,000) in January. Since the recession began in
December 2007, 3.6 million jobs have been lost, with about half of the decrease occurring in the last 3 months.
In January, employment declined in nearly all major industries, while health care and private education added
jobs. (See table B-1.)
Manufacturing employment fell by 207,000 in January, the largest 1-month decline since October 1982.
In January, durable goods manufacturing lost 157,000 jobs, with notable decreases in fabricated metal products
(-37,000), motor vehicles and parts (-31,000), and machinery (-22,000). Employment in nondurable goods
manufacturing declined by 50,000 over the month.
Construction lost 111,000 jobs in January. Employment in the industry has fallen by about 1.0 million
since peaking in January 2007. Employment fell across most component industries over the month.
The temporary help industry lost 76,000 jobs in January. Since its recent peak in December 2006, temporary
help employment has declined by 695,000. Professional and technical services lost 29,000 jobs in
Retail trade employment fell by 45,000 in January and by 592,000 since a peak in November 2007. In
January, employment declined in automobile dealerships (-14,000), building material and garden supply stores
(-10,000), department stores (-9,000), and furniture and home furnishing stores (-7,000). Over the month,
wholesale trade employment fell by 31,000.
Transportation and warehousing lost 44,000 jobs in January and 202,000 since the start of the recession.
Most of the decline occurred over the last 5 months. In January, employment fell in truck transportation
(-25,000), support activities for transportation (-9,000), and couriers and messengers (-4,000).
Employment in financial activities declined by 42,000 over the month and by 388,000 since a peak in
December 2006. In January, job losses occurred in securities, commodity contracts, and investments (-15,000)
and in credit intermediation (-10,000).
Health care employment continued to trend up in January with a gain of 19,000. Employment gains in the
industry averaged 30,000 a month in 2008. Employment in private education rose by 33,000 over the month.
The change in total nonfarm employment for November was revised from -584,000 to -597,000, and the
change for December was revised from -524,000 to -577,000. Monthly revisions result from additional sample
reports and the monthly recalculation of seasonal factors. This month, the annual benchmarking process also
contributed to these revisions.
Weekly Hours (Establishment Survey Data)
In January, the average workweek for production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls
remained at 33.3 hours, seasonally adjusted. Both the manufacturing workweek and factory overtime decreased
by 0.1 hour over the month, to 39.8 and 2.9 hours, respectively. (See table B-2.)
The index of aggregate weekly hours of production and nonsupervisory workers on nonfarm payrolls fell
by 0.7 percent in January. The manufacturing index declined by 2.1 percent over the month. (See table B-5.)
Hourly and Weekly Earnings (Establishment Survey Data)
In January, average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls
rose by 5 cents, or 0.3 percent, seasonally adjusted. This followed gains of 7 cents in December and 6 cents in
November. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings increased by 3.9 percent, and average weekly
earnings rose by 2.7 percent. (See table B-3.)
The Employment Situation for February 2009 is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 6,
at 8:30 A.M. (EST).
Revisions to Establishment Survey Data
In accordance with annual practice, the establishment survey data have been revised to reflect comprehensive
universe counts of payroll jobs, or benchmarks. These counts are derived principally from unemployment
insurance tax records compiled by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program for March
2008. As a result of the benchmark process, all not seasonally adjusted data series were subject to revision from
April 2007 forward, the time period since the last benchmark was established. In addition, with this release, the
seasonally adjusted establishment survey data from January 2004 forward were subject to revision due to the
introduction of updated seasonal adjustment factors.
Table B presents revised total nonfarm employment data on a seasonally adjusted basis for January through
December 2008. The revised data for April 2008 forward incorporate the effect of applying the rate of change
measured by the sample to the new benchmark level, as well as updated net business birth/death model adjustments
and new seasonal adjustment factors. The November and December 2008 revisions also reflect the
routine incorporation of additional sample receipts into the November final and December second preliminary
estimates. The total nonfarm employment level for March 2008 was revised downward by 89,000 (17,000 on a
seasonally adjusted basis). The previously published level for December 2008 was revised downward by
172,000 (311,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis).
An article that discusses the benchmark and post-benchmark revisions, as well as all revised historical
Current Employment Statistics (CES) data, can be accessed through the CES homepage at Information on the revisions released today also may be obtained by calling
(202) 691-6555.
Table B. Revisions in total nonfarm employment, January-December 2008,
seasonally adjusted
(In thousands)
January ....................... 138,002 138,080 -76 -72 4
February ..................... 137,919 137,936 -83 -144 -61
March ......................... 137,831 137,814 -88 -122 -34
April ........................... 137,764 137,654 -67 -160 -93
May ............................ 137,717 137,517 -47 -137 -90
June ............................ 137,617 137,356 -100 -161 -61
July ............................. 137,550 137,228 -67 -128 -61
August ........................ 137,423 137,053 -127 -175 -48
September ................... 137,020 136,732 -403 -321 82
October ....................... 136,597 136,352 -423 -380 43
November ................... 136,013 135,755 -584 -597 -13
December p ……...… 135,489 135,178 -524 -577 -53
p = preliminary.
Levels Over-the-month changes
Year and month As
As revised
As revised Difference
Adjustments to Population Estimates for the Household Survey
Effective with data for January 2009, updated population estimates have been used in the household survey.
Population estimates for the household survey are developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Each year, the Census
Bureau updates the estimates to reflect new information and assumptions about the growth of the population
during the decade. The change in population reflected in the new estimates results primarily from adjustments
for net international migration, updated vital statistics information, and some methodological changes in the
estimation process.
In accordance with our usual practice, BLS will not revise the official household survey estimates for
December 2008 and earlier months. To show the impact of the population adjustment, however, differences in
selected December 2008 labor force series based on the old and new population estimates are shown in table C.
The adjustment decreased the estimated size of the civilian noninstitutional population in December by 483,000,
the civilian labor force by 449,000, and employment by 407,000; the new population estimates had a negligible
impact on unemployment rates and other percentage estimates. Data users are cautioned that these annual
population adjustments affect the comparability of household data series over time. Estimates of large levels,
such as total labor force and employment are impacted most. Table D shows the effect of the introduction of
new population estimates on the changes in selected labor force measures between December 2008 and January
2009. More detailed information on the population adjustments and their effect on national labor force
estimates are available at
Table C. Effect of the updated population controls on December 2008 estimates by sex, race, and
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, not seasonally adjusted
(Numbers in thousands)
Category Total Men White Asian
Civilian noninstitutional population … -483 -295 -188 -242 -43 -170 -319
Civilian labor force ………………… -449 -289 -160 -267 -38 -121 -264
Employed ………………………… -407 -260 -146 -239 -33 -116 -238
Unemployed ……………………… -42 -28 -14 -28 -5 -6 -27
Unemployment rate …………… .0 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Black or
or Latino
NOTE: Detail for men and women may not sum to totals because of rounding. Estimates for the above race
groups (white, black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all
races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.
Table D. December 2008-January 2009 changes in selected labor force measures, with
adjustments for population control effects
(Numbers in thousands)
Civilian noninstitutional population ……… -296 -483 187
Civilian labor force ……………………… -731 -449 -282
Participation rate ……………………… -.2 -.1 -.1
Employed ……………………………… -1,239 -407 -832
Employment-population ratio ………… -.5 .0 -.5
Unemployed …………………………… 508 -42 550
Unemployment rate …………………… .4 .0 .4
2009 population
control effect
Dec.-Jan. change,
as published
Dec.-Jan. change,
after removing
the population
control effect 1
1 This Dec.-Jan. change is calculated by subtracting the population control effect from the published overthe-
month change.
Frequently Asked Questions about Employment and Unemployment Estimates
Why are there two monthly measures of employment?
The household survey and establishment survey both produce sample-based estimates of employment
and both have strengths and limitations. The establishment survey employment series has a
smaller margin of error on the measurement of month-to-month change than the household survey
because of its much larger sample size. An over-the-month employment change of 107,000 is statistically
significant in the establishment survey, while the threshold for a statistically significant change in
the household survey is about 400,000. However, the household survey has a more expansive scope
than the establishment survey because it includes the self-employed, unpaid family workers, agricultural
workers, and private household workers, who are excluded by the establishment survey. The
household survey also provides estimates of employment for demographic groups.
Are undocumented immigrants counted in the surveys?
Neither the establishment nor household survey is designed to identify the legal status of workers.
Thus, while it is likely that both surveys include at least some undocumented immigrants, it is not
possible to determine how many are counted in either survey. The household survey does include
questions about whether respondents were born outside the United States. Data from these questions
show that foreign-born workers accounted for 15.7 percent of the labor force in 2007 and 47.7 percent
of the net increase in the labor force from 2000 to 2007.
Why does the establishment survey have revisions?
The establishment survey revises published estimates to improve its data series by incorporating
additional information that was not available at the time of the initial publication of the estimates.
The establishment survey revises its initial monthly estimates twice, in the immediately succeeding
2 months, to incorporate additional sample receipts from respondents in the survey and recalculated
seasonal adjustment factors. For more information on the monthly revisions, please visit
On an annual basis, the establishment survey incorporates a benchmark revision that re-anchors
estimates to nearly complete employment counts available from unemployment insurance tax records.
The benchmark helps to control for sampling and modeling errors in the estimates. For more information
on the annual benchmark revision, please visit
Does the establishment survey sample include small firms?
Yes; about 40 percent of the establishment survey sample is comprised of business establishments
with fewer than 20 employees. The establishment survey sample is designed to maximize the reliability
of the total nonfarm employment estimate; firms from all size classes and industries are appropriately
sampled to achieve that goal.
Does the establishment survey account for employment from new businesses?
Yes; monthly establishment survey estimates include an adjustment to account for the net employment
change generated by business births and deaths. The adjustment comes from an econometric
model that forecasts the monthly net jobs impact of business births and deaths based on the actual past
values of the net impact that can be observed with a lag from the Quarterly Census of Employment and
Wages. The establishment survey uses modeling rather than sampling for this purpose because the survey
is not immediately able to bring new businesses into the sample. There is an unavoidable lag between
the birth of a new firm and its appearance on the sampling frame and availability for selection.
BLS adds new businesses to the survey twice a year.
Is the count of unemployed persons limited to just those people receiving unemployment insurance
No; the estimate of unemployment is based on a monthly sample survey of households. All persons
who are without jobs and are actively seeking and available to work are included among the unemployed.
(People on temporary layoff are included even if they do not actively seek work.) There is no requirement
or question relating to unemployment insurance benefits in the monthly survey.
Does the official unemployment rate exclude people who have stopped looking for work?
Yes; however, there are separate estimates of persons outside the labor force who want a job,
including those who have stopped looking because they believe no jobs are available (discouraged
workers). In addition, alternative measures of labor underutilization (discouraged workers and other
groups not officially counted as unemployed) are published each month in the Employment Situation
news release.
Technical Note
This news release presents statistics from two major
surveys, the Current Population Survey (household survey)
and the Current Employment Statistics survey (establishment
survey). The household survey provides the information on
the labor force, employment, and unemployment that appears
in the A tables, marked HOUSEHOLD DATA. It is a sample
survey of about 60,000 households conducted by the U.S.
Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The establishment survey provides the information on
the employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm
payrolls that appears in the B tables, marked ESTABLISHMENT
DATA. This information is collected from payroll
records by BLS in cooperation with state agencies. The
sample includes about 160,000 businesses and government
agencies covering approximately 400,000 individual worksites.
The active sample includes about one-third of all nonfarm
payroll workers. The sample is drawn from a sampling
frame of unemployment insurance tax accounts.
For both surveys, the data for a given month relate to a
particular week or pay period. In the household survey, the
reference week is generally the calendar week that contains
the 12th day of the month. In the establishment survey, the
reference period is the pay period including the 12th, which
may or may not correspond directly to the calendar week.
Coverage, definitions, and differences between surveys
Household survey. The sample is selected to reflect
the entire civilian noninstitutional population. Based on
responses to a series of questions on work and job search
activities, each person 16 years and over in a sample
household is classified as employed, unemployed, or not in
the labor force.
People are classified as employed if they did any work
at all as paid employees during the reference week; worked in
their own business, profession, or on their own farm; or
worked without pay at least 15 hours in a family business or
farm. People are also counted as employed if they were
temporarily absent from their jobs because of illness, bad
weather, vacation, labor-management disputes, or personal
People are classified as unemployed if they meet all of
the following criteria: They had no employment during the
reference week; they were available for work at that time; and
they made specific efforts to find employment sometime
during the 4-week period ending with the reference week.
Persons laid off from a job and expecting recall need not be
looking for work to be counted as unemployed. The
unemployment data derived from the household survey in no
way depend upon the eligibility for or receipt of
unemployment insurance benefits.
The civilian labor force is the sum of employed and
unemployed persons. Those not classified as employed or
unemployed are not in the labor force. The unemployment
rate is the number unemployed as a percent of the labor
force. The labor force participation rate is the labor force as
a percent of the population, and the employment-population
ratio is the employed as a percent of the population.
Establishment survey. The sample establishments are
drawn from private nonfarm businesses such as factories,
offices, and stores, as well as federal, state, and local
government entities. Employees on nonfarm payrolls are
those who received pay for any part of the reference pay
period, including persons on paid leave. Persons are counted
in each job they hold. Hours and earnings data are for
private businesses and relate only to production workers in
the goods-producing sector and nonsupervisory workers in
the service-providing sector. Industries are classified on the
basis of their principal activity in accordance with the 2007
version of the North American Industry Classification
Differences in employment estimates. The numerous
conceptual and methodological differences between the
household and establishment surveys result in important
distinctions in the employment estimates derived from the
surveys. Among these are:
• The household survey includes agricultural workers,
the self-employed, unpaid family workers, and
private household workers among the employed.
These groups are excluded from the establishment
• The household survey includes people on unpaid
leave among the employed. The establishment
survey does not.
• The household survey is limited to workers 16 years
of age and older. The establishment survey is not
limited by age.
• The household survey has no duplication of
individuals, because individuals are counted only
once, even if they hold more than one job. In the
establishment survey, employees working at more
than one job and thus appearing on more than one
payroll would be counted separately for each
Seasonal adjustment
Over the course of a year, the size of the nation's labor
force and the levels of employment and unemployment
undergo sharp fluctuations due to such seasonal events as
changes in weather, reduced or expanded production,
harvests, major holidays, and the opening and closing of
schools. The effect of such seasonal variation can be very
large; seasonal fluctuations may account for as much as 95
percent of the month-to-month changes in unemployment.
Because these seasonal events follow a more or less
regular pattern each year, their influence on statistical trends
can be eliminated by adjusting the statistics from month to
month. These adjustments make nonseasonal developments,
such as declines in economic activity or increases in the
participation of women in the labor force, easier to spot. For
example, the large number of youth entering the labor force
each June is likely to obscure any other changes that have
taken place relative to May, making it difficult to determine if
the level of economic activity has risen or declined.
However, because the effect of students finishing school in
previous years is known, the statistics for the current year can
be adjusted to allow for a comparable change. Insofar as the
seasonal adjustment is made correctly, the adjusted figure
provides a more useful tool with which to analyze changes in
economic activity.
Most seasonally adjusted series are independently
adjusted in both the household and establishment surveys.
However, the adjusted series for many major estimates, such
as total payroll employment, employment in most
supersectors, total employment, and unemployment are
computed by aggregating independently adjusted component
series. For example, total unemployment is derived by
summing the adjusted series for four major age-sex
components; this differs from the unemployment estimate
that would be obtained by directly adjusting the total or by
combining the duration, reasons, or more detailed age
For both the household and establishment surveys, a
concurrent seasonal adjustment methodology is used in which
new seasonal factors are calculated each month, using all
relevant data, up to and including the data for the current
month. In the household survey, new seasonal factors are
used to adjust only the current month's data. In the
establishment survey, however, new seasonal factors are used
each month to adjust the three most recent monthly estimates.
In both surveys, revisions to historical data are made once a
Reliability of the estimates
Statistics based on the household and establishment
surveys are subject to both sampling and nonsampling error.
When a sample rather than the entire population is surveyed,
there is a chance that the sample estimates may differ from
the "true" population values they represent. The exact
difference, or sampling error, varies depending on the
particular sample selected, and this variability is measured by
the standard error of the estimate. There is about a 90-
percent chance, or level of confidence, that an estimate based
on a sample will differ by no more than 1.6 standard errors
from the "true" population value because of sampling error.
BLS analyses are generally conducted at the 90-percent level
of confidence.
For example, the confidence interval for the monthly
change in total employment from the household survey is on
the order of plus or minus 430,000. Suppose the estimate of
total employment increases by 100,000 from one month to
the next. The 90-percent confidence interval on the monthly
change would range from -330,000 to 530,000 (100,000 +/-
430,000). These figures do not mean that the sample results
are off by these magnitudes, but rather that there is about a
90-percent chance that the "true" over-the-month change lies
within this interval. Since this range includes values of less
than zero, we could not say with confidence that employment
had, in fact, increased. If, however, the reported employment
rise was half a million, then all of the values within the 90-
percent confidence interval would be greater than zero. In
this case, it is likely (at least a 90-percent chance) that an
employment rise had, in fact, occurred. At an unemployment
rate of around 5.5 percent, the 90-percent confidence interval
for the monthly change in unemployment is about
+/-280,000, and for the monthly change in the unemployment
rate it is about +/-.19 percentage point.
In general, estimates involving many individuals or
establishments have lower standard errors (relative to the size
of the estimate) than estimates which are based on a small
number of observations. The precision of estimates is also
improved when the data are cumulated over time such as for
quarterly and annual averages. The seasonal adjustment
process can also improve the stability of the monthly
The household and establishment surveys are also
affected by nonsampling error. Nonsampling errors can
occur for many reasons, including the failure to sample a
segment of the population, inability to obtain information for
all respondents in the sample, inability or unwillingness of
respondents to provide correct information on a timely basis,
mistakes made by respondents, and errors made in the
collection or processing of the data.
For example, in the establishment survey, estimates for
the most recent 2 months are based on incomplete returns; for
this reason, these estimates are labeled preliminary in the
tables. It is only after two successive revisions to a monthly
estimate, when nearly all sample reports have been received,
that the estimate is considered final.
Another major source of nonsampling error in the
establishment survey is the inability to capture, on a timely
basis, employment generated by new firms. To correct for
this systematic underestimation of employment growth, an
estimation procedure with two components is used to account
for business births. The first component uses business deaths
to impute employment for business births. This is incorporated
into the sample-based link relative estimate
procedure by simply not reflecting sample units going out of
business, but imputing to them the same trend as the other
firms in the sample. The second component is an ARIMA
time series model designed to estimate the residual net
birth/death employment not accounted for by the imputation.
The historical time series used to create and test the ARIMA
model was derived from the unemployment insurance
universe micro-level database, and reflects the actual residual
net of births and deaths over the past 5 years.
The sample-based estimates from the establishment
survey are adjusted once a year (on a lagged basis) to
universe counts of payroll employment obtained from
administrative records of the unemployment insurance
program. The difference between the March sample-based
employment estimates and the March universe counts is
known as a benchmark revision, and serves as a rough proxy
for total survey error. The new benchmarks also incorporate
changes in the classification of industries. Over the past
decade, absolute benchmark revisions for total nonfarm
employment have averaged 0.2 percent, with a range from 0.1
percent to 0.6 percent.
Other information
Information in this release will be made available to
sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone:
(202) 691-5200; TDD message referral phone: 1-800-877-

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Local Unemployment Offices

Alton (618) 466-8221 90 North Port Drive Alton 62002-5940
Arlington Heights (847) 981-7400 723 West Algonquin Rd Arlington Heights 60005-4432
Belleville (618) 277-5678 4519 West Main Belleville 62223-5552
Bloomington (309) 827-6237 207 East Hamilton Rd Bloomington 61704-7527
Bolingbrook (630) 759-0647 321 Quadrangle Dr Bolingbrook 60440-3407
Burbank (708) 458-0500 5608 West 75th Place Burbank 60459-3200
Centralia (618) 532-4741 325 South Poplar Street -
P.O. Box 825
Centralia 62801-3249
Champaign (217) 278-5700 1307 North Mattis Avenue -
P.O. Box 3369
Champaign 61826-3369
Chicago offices:
Blue Island (312) 243-5100 1657 South Blue Island Ave Chicago 60608-2133
Diversey (773) 889-6820 4931 West Diversey Pkwy Chicago 60639-1705
Grand Avenue (773) 227-7117 3500 West Grand Ave Chicago 60651-4009
Halsted (773) 821-4100 837 West 119th Chicago 60643-5211
Lawrence (773) 334-6646 2444 West Lawrence Chicago 60625-2912
Mid-South (773) 538-9811 715 East 47th Chicago 60653-4201
Stony Island (773) 221-3737 8750 South Stony Island Ave Chicago 60617-2708
Woodlawn (773) 947-2500 1515 East 71st Chicago 60619-1503
Chicago Heights (708) 709-3000 1010 Dixie Hwy Chicago Heights 60411-2663
Danville (217) 442-0238 407 North Franklin Danville 61832-4511
Decatur (217) 875-8750 757 West Pershing Rd Decatur 62526-1634
DeKalb (815) 756-4893 1701 East Lincoln Hwy DeKalb 60115-3956
East St Louis (618) 271-7750 601 James R. Thompson
Blvd., Bldg E
East St Louis 62201-1129
Effingham (217) 342-4149 2311 Hoffman Dr Effingham 62401-2839
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Mattoon (217) 235-2222 305 Richmond Ave East Mattoon 61938-0009
Maywood (708) 338-6900 35 South 19th Avenue Maywood 60153-1228
Moline (309) 764-8731 4703 16th, Suite F Moline 61265-7066
Mount Vernon (618) 244-1700 333 Potomac Blvd., Suite E Mount Vernon 62864-2200
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North Aurora (630) 844-6640 2 Smoke Tree Plaza North Aurora 60542
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Ottawa 61350-4821
Pekin (309) 346-4171 200 South Second St, Suite
Pekin 61554-4023
Peoria (309) 671-3113 406 Elm Street Peoria 61605-3968
Quincy (217) 222-1560 107 North Third, Box 889 Quincy 62306
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Springfield (217) 524-7838 1300 South Ninth, P.O. Box
Springfield 62703
Sterling (815) 625-2313 2323 East Lincolnway Sterling 61081-3047
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Building 100
Chicago 60652
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