According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 42.6 million Americans have filed for unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic – and over one million of those are in Illinois.
The number of Illinoisans filing for unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic is five times the number who filed in the same period during the Great Recession in 2008, marking a pivotal moment in time for Illinois and the city of Chicago. And we’re already seeing leaders – across public and private sectors – answer the call to support those furloughed or unemployed.
In May, the state announced “Get Hired Illinois,” an online portal to help residents access virtual job fairs and courses through Coursera. This program will provide unemployed workers with access to more than 3,800 courses from over 160 universities.