New jobless claims surge in Illinois
More than 107,000 file initial claims while continuing claims also rise
Last updated 12/10/2020 at 9:03pm
More than 107,000 Illinois workers filed first-time unemployment claims last week, a 45-percent increase over the week before as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc on the state and national economies.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported that there were 107,616 new claims filed during the week that ended Saturday, Dec. 5, up from 75,536 the previous week. That compares to 14,798 initial claims filed during the same period last year.
That increase was part of a nationwide trend as the entire country has experienced record numbers of new cases and hospitalizat...