CHICAGO (CBS)– The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 44,814 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of June 1 in Illinois, according to the DOL’s weekly claims report released Thursday.
While this number is based on advanced estimates, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will be releasing a final number later Thursday.READ MORE: 'John Doe' Who Accused Former Blackhawks Video Coach Brad Aldrich Of Sexual Abuse Identifies Himself As Kyle Beach
There were 1,542,000 new claims filed across the country last week, a decrease of 355,000 from the previous week.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported 46,522 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 25 in Illinois.
There were 58,359 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 18 in Illinois. There were 2,123,000 new claims filed across the country that week.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Showers Coming Thursday
The U.S. Department of Labor estimated 72,816 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 11 in Illinois.
CBS 2 spoke with four IDES employees. For the first time, these workers offered a glimpse into the challenges IDES employees face daily working to get thousands of new unemployment claims processed, as well as the factors they believe contribute to why so many people have not received their benefits.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar
CBS 2 has extensively reported about how unemployment has surged in Illinois and neighboring states during the coronavirus pandemic.