CHICAGO (CBS)– The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) reported 22,258 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of August 16 in Illinois, a 21% increase from the previous week, when 18,426 people filed.

It’s also the highest number of weekly claims in the state in the last five weeks. However, it’s a 15% from this time last year, when 26,262 weekly claims were filed.

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For perspective, during the same week in 2019, before the pandemic, 7,376 people filed unemployment claims in Illinois.

Last week’s claims in Illinois were among 353,000 total claims filed across the country.

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

CBS 2 has tracked the number of people in Illinois who filed for unemployment every week to capture the economic impact of the crisis created by the pandemic. The analysis found more than 3.9 million people have filed for unemployment with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) since the start of the pandemic.

There were 21,499 new unemployment claims filed during the week of August 2 in Illinois.

There were 20,019 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 26 in Illinois.

There were 18,859 new unemployment claims filed during the week of July 26 in Illinois.

There were 25,919 new unemployment claims filed during the week of July 12 in Illinois.

There were 22,004 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 5 in Illinois.

There were 20,464 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of June 28 in Illinois.

There were 20,460 new unemployment claims filed during the week of June 21 in Illinois.

There were 23,317 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of June 14 in Illinois.

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There were 27,812 new unemployment claims filed during the week of June 7 in Illinois.

There were 29,231 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 31 in Illinois.

There were 23,516 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 24 in Illinois.

There were 19,218 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 17 in Illinois.

There were 17,530 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 10 in Illinois.

There were 18,355 new unemployment claims filed during the week of May 3 in Illinois.

There were 15,134 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of April 26 in Illinois.

There were 17,141 new unemployment claims filed during the week of April 19 in Illinois.

There were 15,248  new unemployment claims were filed during the week of April 12 in Illinois.

here were 18,986 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of April 5 in Illinois.

There were 16,182 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of March 29 in Illinois.

There were 14,189 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of March 22 in Illinois.

There were 15,595 new unemployment claims were filed in Illinois during the week of March 15.

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There were 71,175 new unemployment claims filed in Illinois during the week of March 8.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff