Illinois unemployment agency expanding help for jobseekers

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says only a fraction of the people applying for unemployment insurance provide enough information for the agency to help match them with potential employers.

Starting July 17, the department will more vigorously enforce a requirement for all new applicants to register with the Illinois Employment Service and upload a resume to the website IllinoisJobLink.com. 

The department says in a news release it will help the unemployed get access to help including free job searches, recruiting, job matches, hiring fairs and workshops.

New applicants will have to complete a registration for those services before they will be able to receive unemployment benefits.

Currently, the department says 60 percent of all unemployment claims filed with the agency do not include a completed registration.