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: Chicago Weather: Windy And Mild Midweek
During the same timeframe last year, there were 7,728 new claims filed. This is a nearly 1727% difference.READ MORE: Opening Weeks Sold Out For 'Marvel: Universe Of Super Heroes' Exhibit At Museum Of Science And Industry, But Evening Tickets Now Available
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: Chicago Police Officer Injured In Struggle During Traffic Stop In Avalon Park
During the week of March 23 IDES said unemployment claims totaled 178,421.