CHICAGO (CBS)– The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported 22,406 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of August 17 in Illinois.

There were less than 1,106,000 new jobless claims filed in the U.S. for the week or August 10.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 22,387 new claims in Illinois new unemployment claims were filed during the week of August 3 in Illinois.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 24,712 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 27 in Illinois.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimated 32,465 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 20 in Illinois.

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.

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.

CBS 2 has extensively reported about how unemployment has surged in Illinois and neighboring states during the coronavirus pandemic.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff