The DeKalb branch of the Illinois Department of Employment Security is closing due to a lack of funding.
The office is just one of seven across the state that are closing, which will lead to a staff reduction of almost 200 people. The agency, which is almost entirely funded by the federal government, is closing the office because of falling unemployment insurance claims.
Because IDES handles unemployment benefits, the agency hires more employees when the economy is bad, and is forced to lay people off as the economy gets better.
The other six offices that will close are located in Centralia, East St. Louis, Galesburg, Jacksonville, Mattoon, and Murphysboro.
For more information on IDES and the services it offers, visit www.ides.illinois.gov.
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