CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 8,000 new unemployment claims were filed in Illinois last week, about half the total filed one week earlier.

A total of 8.089 new claims were filed statewide the week of Sept. 6, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, a 48% decrease from the previous week, when 15,570 new unemployment claims were filed in Illinois the week of August 30.

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Last week’s claims were the fewest since the start of the pandemic. Illinois hasn’t seen so few unemployment claims in one week since February 2020.

For comparison, Illinois had 27,384 filed during the week of September 7 last year. However, Illinois saw only 6,614 claims during the same week in 2019.

Illinois’ drop in unemployment came as claims rose nationwide, with an estimated 332,000 total claims filed across the country last week, up from 312,000 the week before.

There were 15,546 new unemployment claims were filed in Illinois during the week of August 23.

There were 22,258 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of August 16 in Illinois.

There were 18,426 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of August 9 in Illinois.

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.

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

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