Layoff Assistance

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​Recovering From A Layoff

Going through a layoff can be both scary and stressful. Illinois workNet has tools to help customers through the process.


As a provider, you can use the flyers and print materials to direct customers to the layoff assistance tools.  For more guidance and tools, use the Layoff Recovery Guide for Partners.

Recommended Tools and Approach for Customers:

  1. Apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI).
  2. Go to the Company Layoffpage to see if your company is listed. Some layoffs have information, events, deadlines, and recommended steps that are specific​ to your layoff.
  3. Use the Layoff Assistance Guide. This guide provides recommended steps, tools, and resources for helping you:
    • Explore other career options.
    • Find training.
    • Find financial resources.
    • Find a job.

Illinois workNet has:

  1. Tools and resources that customers can use throughout this process.
  2. Articles that dive into the details and provide more guidance based on a customer's specific situation. Articles will continue to be added over time.
    • NOTE: If you have a suggestion for an article or you would like to contribute an article (your original work), send the information to
  3. Vide​os for those who prefer or learn better by watching videos.
  4. Related Resources for online resources and tools (in addition to Illinois workNet tools) that have been reviewed and vetted.​​