The pandemic did some serious damage to many different industries across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Many workers were left without a job but were able to get unemployment insurance benefits.

For many of these folks, the added unemployment benefits bonus meant they were bringing home more money while without a job than when they were employed. It's hard to argue looking for a job when you are essentially earning more than when you were employed with a job.

Be advised though because the federal government just announced this "perk" will end on September 6. As that day draws near, more people will look for employment which means the number of available jobs will quickly diminish.

If you're keeping your eyes open for a new gig, here are more than a dozen various businesses in the Rockford area that are hiring now.

18 Northern Illinois Businesses That Are Prepared To Hire You Today

Here are a few links to some of the above jobs listed.

Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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JB Love is ½ of  Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram.

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