If you recently lost your job because of COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits here.
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. The American Rescue plan extends provisions included in the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act which expired on March 14, 2021. This landmark, life-saving legislation will provide urgently needed resources to put people back to work. The package will provide $13.7 billion for Illinois in state and local funding, including $998.86 million for Cook county, $178.99 million for DuPage county, $135.09 million for Lake county, $103.26 million for Kane county, and $59.69 million for McHenry County to provide the essential public services every citizen depends on.
The American Rescue Plan provided resources for unemployment, including:
- Extending the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) through September 6, 2021, and providing an additional $300 in unemployment benefits in addition to state benefits to any worker eligible for state or federal unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. The FPUC would be paid in addition to and at the same time (but not necessarily in the same check) as regular state or federal UC benefits.
- Extending the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). This program extends usual state benefits and will be administered by each state. The American Rescue Plan extends PEUC through September 6, 2021.
- Extending the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program until September 6, 2021. This program temporarily provides self-employed individuals and freelancers with unemployment insurance.
- Expanding the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program through September 6, 2021 to provide assistance to eligible workers who earn at least $5,000 in self-unemployment income, are eligible to receive state unemployment, and are not in the PUA program.
For more information on unemployment in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s website here.