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Illinois unemployment claims skyrocket in March amid COVID-19 pandemic

(WEEK) -- After seeing record low numbers of unemployment in Illinois, state officials are now reporting a dramatic increase in those filing claims so far in March.

As of March 26, 133,763 claims have been filed. In 2019 during the same time period, there were 27,493.

“This administration remains dedicated to providing relief to small businesses and families during this challenging period for the state economy,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “As the state navigates this economic uncertainty, the governor will use every tool at the state’s disposal to help small businesses and families get the help they need.”

In February, Illinois was just under the national average unemployment rate at 3.4% compared to 3.5%

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