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New Jobless Claims Surge In Illinois

Dec 10, 2020
Unemployment Office

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.

Now hiring sign
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

Sep 3, 2020
Pritzker speaks
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.

Michelle poses
Michelle Sanders / Facebook

There’s really no socially distant way to do massage therapy. That’s put Michelle Sanders out of work.