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What Is Illinois Maximum Unemployment (weekly Check)?

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The maximum Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) in Illinois for a single person is $388.00 per week. For an unemployed person with a spouse, the weekly benefit amount rises to $462.00 and with a child it is $531.00. The average household income in Illinois is around $55,000 per year which means that a family on unemployment benefits lives on less than half of that of the national average.

The unemployment rate in Illinois is slightly lower than the national average at 8.7 per cent. The national average is currently 9.0 per cent which means around 14 million Americans are looking for work. According to a Gallup poll, 35 per cent of Americans believe unemployment is the biggest cause for concern in the country, the economy was ranked second and healthcare was third, closely followed by the government at fourth.

Illinois Department of Employment Security has many opportunities to help people get back to work and find new jobs. Illinois Skills Match is a good example; it is an online database that helps connect skilled job seekers to employers in Illinois.

Illinois workNet Job Search Tool is a website which helps you to find the job you are looking for, based on your specific job search criteria and with this job search tool. There are job fairs and special job related workshops in Illinois along with helpful careers advice from experts in helping you find a job. They also offer apprenticeship programs and seasonal work on the Illinois Department of Employment and security website. The Illinois Careers Network website is also a great resource for anyone looking for work in the Illinois area.
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Donna Chornet answered
I was making $92k, married but my husband works.  I get 388.00 based on no dependants, should I claim him to get the married amount??
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I   am  65  ,  I  earn  80000 in  2008
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I just filed a few weeks ago.I have a dependant which gave me a weekly check of $471 with a max of 554.If filing single the max is $385 or claiming a spouse that doesnt work is around $450 a week.I hope this helps you out and good luck.
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That appears to be prety steep ffor a weekly benefit amount in Illinois unless they had an increase.! I use to work for the dept. I t use to be around $35 extra for a dependent.
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I made about 40 k last year how much will I get?
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400
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It all depends on how much you made in a quarter...I made like 1200 and I'm getting 180 every 2 weeks plus if you have dependents you get more
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I have gotten 26wks, then 20 then 13, I was approved again for 26 at a reduced rate but then got a letter saying it was being questioned I assume by the company that let me go, and now have an appointment to review, why did they put in a new claim instead of just extending me for another 20 wks. As I know other people have been, I am confused and have no idea what they are going to question me on, my whole last yr. On unemployment was not denied by my past employer why now with this new yrs?
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My son lives in Chicago and receives $650 per week.  His wife works and they have 2 children.  They just purchased a house and he does not miss working because he is receiving almost as much as when he was working?  Go figure.  Illinois is taking away the incentive to work by doing this...
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For unemployment in IL, you receive double whatever you made on your W-2 last year.  They will extend it for 26 weeks, then an additional 26 weeks to stay home and act like your looking for a job...Vote for Change!

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