Unemployment for the Teaching Aspirants in Illinois

Updated : September 23rd, 2020

The unemployment situation has not spared Illinois State too. The unemployment rate has been rising since December 2006.

Many of them thought that unemployment will not hit the teachers but they have been proved wrong. There are students, who have completed their degrees in English and have teaching certificates, looking out for jobs in vain. The worst part is that they have to start paying their loans after a grace period of six months. Many college graduates have either lost their jobs or have never found any after completing their degrees.



The student loan default rate continues to rise along with the unemployment rate, according to the latest figures released this month by the Department of Education. That’s left recent graduates to worry about how they will pay off thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

Chicago Career Tech has been targeting middle-income workers especially teachers who lost their jobs due to recession. They aim to teach them technological skills that would gear them up to find the jobs of the future. They say that the initial classes will be on health care technological skills and information technology that has been harbouring the majority of the jobs in Chicago now. But this program will be restricted to the residents of Chicago only.

For other non-teaching aspirants, there has been a ray of hope in the planned merger of United and Continental airlines. United is planning to move its headquarters to Chicago and it is said that it may become the largest employer of Chicao if everything goes as planned.

Of course, the government has been offering unemployment benefits in Illinois.

The unemployed need to make the best use of it.



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  1. My benefits ended Jan. 11, 2020. Will I be eligible for 13 week extension and if so how do I claim in N.J.?

    1. John,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. I have been trying to apply for unemployment,on-line and by phone, for several days. My first attempt was on the day that I was required by last name. I truly understand that there is going to be an extremely large,either by phone or on-line,influs of applicants to complete this process. Following the prompts do not seem to work since I am guided to another section that does not pertain to applying. I am extremely frustrated. I need to complete my unemployment claim. May you please tell me what I need to do?

    1. Edna,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

    1. I am not sure how it works in your state. We suggest you visit the Unemployment Office’s website and learn more about it under the FAQs section.

  3. I am confused, my Illinois unemployment was accepted on March 29th, but I don’t call to certify for benefits until Monday, March 13th. I thought they were waiving the waiting week. Now I have to wait almost 3 weeks for any kind of financial relief? Do I not get the 600 for the care plan? if I do when will that be here? will it be direct deposit? Please help me.

    1. Jennifer,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

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