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Illinois Employment Security Closed Thanksgiving and Friday

Claimants Should Certify; Services Available on Internet Banking Holiday Might Delay Payments

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–November 16, 2012.  Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) service centers will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, will resume Monday, Nov. 26.

Although IDES offices will be closed, services will be available at www.ides.illinois.gov 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 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 at point-of-service counters that accept MasterCard, 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.

The IDES brings together job seekers and employers. In Illinois, there are more than 120,000 help-wanted ads on the IDES’ Illinoisjoblink.com

Illinoisjoblink.com is the revamped IDES employment website that links job seekers with ready-to-hire employers. This no-cost, on-line career resource allows individuals to create multiple resumes that emphasize different talents and allows businesses to search for specific skills. The keyword matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful new hire. Illinois JobLink emphasizes Illinois jobs, scrapes other commercial job boards, and compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars for a single advertisement.

Hiring managers can call (877) 342-7533 for direct assistance with illinoisjoblink.com

Source: illinois.gov

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