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While a bachelor's degree isn't the only path to a good job, a new report says Illinois could use some more well-paid, blue-collar jobs.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

As part of the Illinois Department of Employment Security's modernization effort, Illinois employers will soon be able to use MyTax Illinois to complete all their unemployment insurance tax processes.

Department director Jeff Mays stopped in Carbondale Wednesday to remind employers about the change coming in less than two weeks.

General Electric Lighting has announced plans to close its lamp plant in the central Illinois city of Mattoon next year, unless its workers come up with an acceptable alternative for the facility.

Kevin Schiller had no idea what hit him.

With 21 years on the job, the building engineer for Macy's department stores had been in and out of every nook and cranny of many of the retail giant's Texas stores, including the storage room in the Macy's in Denton, Texas.

One minute, the stocky, 6-foot-2 Schiller was searching there for a floor drain. The next, he was sprawled on the floor, stunned, confused and bleeding slightly.

The unemployment rate for October held steady in Illinois at 5.4 percent, a little above the national average.

A Federal Grant totalling $608,466 has been awarded to the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market to help older workers ease back into the workforce.  WSIU's Kevin Boucher recently spoke to the Grants Coordinator, Tracy Norris about how this money will impact southern Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates dropped in all Illinois metro areas in June. It was the 16th straight month of statewide decreases.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment in the state continued to drop in September, falling to 6.6 percent.

Illinois' unemployment rate is down to 7.1%.

With national unemployment at its lowest level since the start of the Great Recession - the numbers keep going the wrong way in several parts of Illinois.

Illinois’ unemployment rate is down for the second month in a row.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says a federal program that provided unemployment insurance beyond the state's initial 25-week coverage will expire December 29th.

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Bombardier Recreational Products Friday announced it will exit the sport boat business over the coming months and close its manufacturing facility in Benton.

While Illinois veterans are faring better than most others nationwide in terms of finding work, they still face challenges.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average unemployment rate last year for Illinois veterans who served after the 2001 terror attacks was 9.5 percent.  The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans nationwide was 12.1 percent.