CHICAGO (CBS)– The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported 74,131 new unemployment claims were filed across the state last week, the week of Nov. 22.

Illinois’ estimated claims were among 712,000 total filed across the country last week. 

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The most recent claims represent a 13% decrease from the prior week, when 65,696 unemployment claims were filed statewide, and a 624% increase over the 10,233 new claims filed in the same week of 2019.

There were 46,800 unemployment claims filed in Illinois the week of Nov. 8.

Illinois processed 67,158 unemployment claims the week of Nov. 1.

There were 73,515 unemployment claims filed in Illinois the week of Oct. 26.

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Another 53,138 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of Oct. 19 in Illinois.

A total of 46,948 new unemployment claims were filed across the state, the week of Oct. 12.

IDES has faced ongoing struggles filling claims during the pandemic. CBS 2 spoke with four IDES employees in May. 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.

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