The Illinois Department of Employment Security has processed more than 1 million claims for regular unemployment since March 1 — including 72,621 last week.

The department has also expanded its services to help residents, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday.

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“Supporting and protecting our Illinois families through this immensely challenging time is my top priority,” Pritzker said during his press briefing.

With Illinois facing record levels of unemployment, the state has launched the website Get Hired Illinois in an effort to connect job seekers with employers and provide unemployed residents with free online access to workforce development courses.

“The financial stability and success of our residents is key to getting Illinois’ economy back on its feet,” Pritzker said. “Illinois won’t be restored until our

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