CHICAGO (CBS)– The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 44,639 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of June 8 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.

There were 1,508,000 new claims filed across the country last week, a decrease of 58,000 from the previous week.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 44,814 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of June 1 in Illinois.

There were 1,542,000 new claims filed across the country during the week of June 1.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported 46,522 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 25 in Illinois.

There were 58,359 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 18 in Illinois. There were 2,123,000 new claims filed across the country that week.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimated 72,816 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of May 11 in Illinois.

There were 72,671 new claims filed for the week of May 4.

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.