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Unemployment Claims Up in Illinois Last Week

Illinois experienced increased initial unemployment claims last week as compared to the week before. The U.S. Department of Labor reports an additional 75,000 Illinoisans filed for first-time benefits. Another 19,100 independent contractors also filed for unemployment benefits. The state now has a total of 486,100 individuals drawing unemployment. Consumer finance website WalletHub said Illinois has the 3rd slowest employment recovery in the nation.

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