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Resources for the unemployed during COVID-19

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1 MIN READ - During COVID-19-related closures and cancellations, a growing number of Chicagoans are out of work. But some companies during this time are hiring. Learn more about unemployment benefits and job opportunities.

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Learn more about unemployment benefits related to COVID-19 in the State of Illinois here. Find answers to questions like: What if I’m temporarily laid off due to COVID-19?

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership has compiled a variety of resources for job seekersincluding a list of who's hiring. The Partnership is also responsible for contact tracing and hiring of those temporary frontline employees. Created in 2012, The Partnership is an umbrella organization operating the public workforce system in the City of Chicago and Cook County. The Partnership combines federal and philanthropic resources to broaden the reach and impact of workforce development services for both employers and job seekers.

Restaurant and hospitality workers: If you’ve lost your job, The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership can help you find a new one, using the skills you already have. Get information about free career coaching, including resume writing, interview preparation, occupational training, and job placement services. Find more information here about free career resources and assistance with finding a job. You can also call 1-800-720-2515 or text "ChiServes" to 474747.

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is open virtually and operational during this heightened time of awareness due to the COVID-19 virus. Their team is actively working with 40+ business partners across all industries to understand their current and anticipated hiring/talent needs, and are also able to support company needs during this time. If you are experiencing a surge in demand and need to bring on more staff quickly, or have been forced to lay-off staff – Skills for Chicagoland's Future is available to support. Skills has placed over 7,500 unemployed and underemployed individuals into jobs across all industries over the last eight years. 

One Fair Wage: Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund

For tipped workers (restaurant workers, delivery drivers, etc), sign up and receive $500 cash from One Fair Wage. One Fair Wage has been working to support service industry workers to the best of their ability.


The shipping behemoth is hiring 100,000 workers for more than 100 warehouses across the U.S. New hires in Illinois will receive an up to $500 signing bonus. Learn more.

Employment Opportunities

Find resources for job seekers and general work information during the COVID-19 pandemic from Indeed, and view employment opportunities below. Please note this list is evolving and job opportunities may change. 

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Envision Unlimited
Fresh Thyme 
Godfrey Hotel
Home Depot
Illinois Restaurant Association
Jet’s Pizza
Jewel Osco
Keno Kozie
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Pizza Hut
Skills for Chicagoland's Future
Whole Foods

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