CHICAGO (CBS)–Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) reported 141,160 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of April 6 in Illinois.
This is a decrease by nearly 60,000 claims since last week. This is the first time there has been a decrease since the coronavirus outbreak.READ MORE: 3 Killed, 21 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago, Including Mass Shooting In Chatham
During the same timeframe last year, there were 7,728 new claims filed. This is a nearly 1727% difference.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 9 Others Injured In Mass Shooting On South Side
Nationally, 22 million people have filed unemployment claims in the last four weeks. Last week, over 5.2 million people filed for unemployment across the U.S.MORE NEWS: Treyvon Marks, 26, Charged In South Loop Carjacking
During the week of March 23 IDES said unemployment claims totaled 178,421.