Jobless Benefits New Jobless Claims Surge In Illinois By Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois • Dec 10, 2020 WGLT More than 107,000 Illinois workers filed first-time unemployment claims last week, a 45% increase over the week before as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc on the state and national economies. B-N Jobless Rate Drops 4th Straight Month After COVID Shutdown Peak By Eric Stock • Sep 24, 2020 Charles Krupa / AP Bloomington-Normal's unemployment rate continues to recover during the coronavirus pandemic, but the area is still short more than 6,000 jobs compared with a year ago. Illinois Among Last States To Apply, Be Approved For Added $300 Unemployment Benefit By Rebecca Anzel / Capitol News Illinois • Sep 3, 2020 Jeff Smudde / WGLT Illinois is one of the last states to apply and be approved for a federal program providing an additional $300 in unemployment assistance per week to qualifying residents. B-N Workers Play Waiting Game For Jobless Benefits By Ryan Denham • Apr 28, 2020 Michelle Sanders / Facebook There’s really no socially distant way to do massage therapy. That’s put Michelle Sanders out of work.