CHICAGO (CBS)– A new state program will make it possible for workers to collect unemployment while on the job and help businesses slowly get back on their feet.

“Work-Share Illinois” went live in the last month.

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If a business needs to reduce the hours of a worker, but doesn’t want to lay them off completely, that worker can get partial financial help from the state.

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Any size business can sign up to help out their workers.

Experts say similar programs helped businesses in other countries.

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CBS 2 asked “Work-Share Illinois” how things are already going, but we were told the program is still too new right now to get specifics on enrollment and the impact its having.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff