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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) started experiencing an unprecedented surge in inbound unemployment claims from those seeking help for available Federal and State pandemic assistance, such as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).
To effectively respond to the large number of incoming queries surrounding unemployment claims, the Illinois Department of Employment Security wanted a chatbot and a telephony bot that could handle their basic 37 queries related to benefits and compensation for unemployed individuals.
Quantiphi developed and deployed a Rapid Response Virtual Agent for the IDES website and call center that effectively assisted citizens with 3.2 million inquiries in its first two weeks of going live. The virtual agent was trained on 100+ custom intents in just four weeks for responding to unemployment claim-related inquiries. Today, it is capable of handling over 120 different type of user queries. The virtual agent was also integrated with a content management system for easy update and modification of intent responses by IDES staff and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).