Illinois employment data now available by legislative district - – Rockford’s News Leader

Illinois employment data now available by legislative district


Data that was previously known only at the statewide level, has now been broken down by legislative district in order to better help local economic planners and decision-makers.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has released the following six data points by legislative district:

  • Number of people receiving unemployment insurance
  • People qualifying for insurance for the first time
  • Number of weeks of insurance that has been paid
  • Number of claimants with a high school degree or below and college experience or above
  • Age breakdowns by under 25, between 25 and 54, and over 54
  • Number of Veterans receiving benefits

The number of individuals using re-employment services will be available in the future.

"We work in a global economy, but the root of that system is planted in neighborhoods across our state," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "Data at this level will help decision-makers reach informed choices on how to shape their economy, address potential economic challenges, and create jobs by recruiting employers."

The data is reported on a four-week moving average and stems from data provided to IDES by individuals receiving benefits. The unemployment rate measures individuals who are out of work but actively seeking employment, regardless of whether or not they receive unemployment insurance.

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