CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 23,000 people filed for unemployment last week in Illinois – a figure down 17 percent from the week before.
But despite the drop in number, we’ve been hearing from business owners who say they can’t find employees to hire. Now, as CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported Thursday, the State of Illinois is making it possible for people to work and still collect unemployment – in an effort designed to prevent more layoffs.
The program is called WorkShare Illinois, and the state calls it a layoff aversion program. Molina talked to an expert, who said similar programs have worked in other countries – but this really would have been helpful at the start of the pandemic.
The course of the COVID-19 pandemic brought massive layoffs and an overwhelmed unemployment system. Now, the state is recovering from the pandemic and employees are …