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Illinois Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Program Description

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Illinois' eligibility requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Illinois during the past 12 to 18 months, and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to, available for, and actively seeking work each week that you are collecting benefits.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Illinois now offers improved and expanded internet filing and online certification for most unemployment claims. Apply for Unemployment Insurance at

Program Contact Information

For Unemployment Insurance inquiries, including questions about claims, certification, and Direct Deposit, or to certify for benefits online, please visit our website or call Claimant Services to speak to a representative at 1-800-244-5631 (TTY 1-866-322-8357).
For Employer Information, including Unemployment insurance tax contribution rates, special requirements for new and small employers, quarterly filing requirements and household employers, please call our Employer Services Center at 1-800-247-4984.
For help finding a job or to recruit a new employee, please visit Illinois JobLink. Illinois JobLink is your best source for posting and finding jobs in the state of Illinois.