More than 1.2 million unemployment claims filed in Illinois over the last 11 weeks

Published: May. 21, 2020 at 1:08 PM CDT
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In the last week, 72,780 new unemployment claims were filed. This brings the total claims since March 1 to 1,226,394.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, launched May 11, processed 74,515 initial claims in its first week. PUA provides 100% federally-funded unemployment benefits for individuals who are unemployed for specified COVID-19-related reasons and are not eligible for the state’s regular unemployment insurance program.

IDES processed 36,367 Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation claims, which provides up to 13 weeks’ worth of 100% federally funded benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular state unemployment benefits.

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