Layoffs at several state unemployment offices will begin Friday. And the move has nothing to do with the federal sequestration. Ironically, it's brought on by a better economy. Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell says his agency runs the opposite of the economic cycle: "So when companies start to lay off workers at the start of an economic recession, we're busier. We then receive more money from the federal government. We're entirely federally funded.