CHICAGO (CBS)– The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 32,465 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 20 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: 8 People Dead, Multiple Injured After Shooting At FedEx Facility In Indianapolis
There were 1,434,000 new claims filed across the U.S. last week, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported 36,435 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 13 in Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said 38,261 unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 6 in Illinois.READ MORE: Basement Fire In Back Of The Yards Leaves 2 People In Critical Condition
The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported 44,694 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of June 8 in Illinois. There were 1,508,000 new claims filed across the country during the week of June 8.
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: Retired CPD Sergeant Says He Can't Pass Judgment For Sure On Adam Toledo Shooting Video -- Did Adam Have A Gun?
CBS 2 has extensively reported about how unemployment has surged in Illinois and neighboring states during the coronavirus pandemic.