Unemployment Data

The National Bureau of Labor Statistics releases weekly national data on unemployment, employment, earnings and other labor market topics by demographic characteristics.

Chicago Workforce Center Services

Chicago’s five Workforce Centers and more than 30 community-based affiliate organizations offer a range of services to help Chicagoans find and keep jobs.

Illinois workNet Centers

Illinois workNet Centers are one-stop service centers with staff committed to supporting and developing the workforce in their community. Illinois workNet Centers help individuals find the services they need, and help employers meet their human resource requirements.

Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty

The Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty has compiled a Quick Resource Guide for Illinois families struggling to make ends meet. The Quick Resource Guide outlines the various types of assistance that may be available to Illinois families and includes information on eligibility criteria, where to get more information, and how to access or apply for certain benefits.

Employment Services for Ex-Offenders

The City of Chicago is committed to helping ex-offenders reenter the workforce and this web site is an excellent resource. It provides a list of employers that have experience working with ex-offenders in programs offering job readiness training and skill development alongside support services that help individuals achieve self-sufficiency.

Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program, sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging, is a training program designed to assist workers 55 years and older in re-entering the job market. The training program places eligible individuals, usually for 20 hours a week at minimum wages, in nonprofit agencies or community service agencies community assignments.

Job Training at YWCA

The YWCA’s new Economic Empowerment Institute offers women a partnership for long-term personal and financial success. With the help of a professional empowerment coach, women will set personal goals and a plan to achieve them over three program phases.

Improve Your Tech Skills at YWCA

The YWCA Community Technology Center (CTC) enhances participants’ employment opportunities through computer training. Classes teach computer fundamentals, including Internet navigation, web design, e-mail communication, desktop publishing, spreadsheet processing and word processing.

YMCA Workforce Development

The YMCA Alliance prides itself on preparing Chicagoans for economic independence by providing educational, entrepreneurial and workforce training and support. The YMCA offers GED preparation classes, vocational training, career planning and job placement assistance.

Job Training at the Chinese American Service League

Services at CASL include: the Community Employment Program, which helps with interview techniques and provides employment counseling; the Community Technology Center, where people can access job information online and prepare materials; and the Chef Training Program, a 16-week course that trains students in continental cuisine and places graduates at Chicago restaurants, hotels and catering services.

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Check out IDES’s Web site to find out about services such as resume and job-hunting workshops, online unemployment filing, tax filing, access to PCs and fax machines, and much more.

Illinois Department of Labor

Contact the IDL with concerns about the enforcement of employment laws, safety regulations and Freedom of Information Act requests.

Indiana Department of Labor

If you have questions about minimum wage, child labor laws, safe works environments or other concerns affecting your employment, use the IDL Web site to submit your queries.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

According to their mission statement, the IDWD implements employment programs, manages unemployment insurance systems and facilitates local economic growth initiatives.



  1. We are a community based organization that trains disadvantaged community residents in either Shipping & Receiving or Woodworking and upon completion we assist them with job placement at companies seeking entry level workers that need their services. We look forward to your series.

  2. Don’t forget the Career Transition Center:, they offer very low cost workshops, support groups, and career coaching.

    Also, I strongly encourage working with a career coach or business coach, it can shorten your search time significantly.

    “People who use a career coach find jobs 15% to 46% faster than those who don’t, according to a study by talent management firm Lee Hecht Harrison.” -Wall Street Journal 1/27/09 page D4

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