Unemployment claims in Illinois increased last week

Initial claims for unemployment benefits in Illinois increased last week compared to the previous week, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

New unemployment claims, a measure of layoffs, rose to 8,983 in the week ending May 25, up from 8,173 the week before, the Labor Department said.

U.S. unemployment claims rose to 219,000 last week, an increase of 3,000 claims from 216,000 the week before on a seasonally adjusted basis.

North Dakota saw the largest percentage increase in weekly claims, with claims increasing 91.4%. New Hampshire, meanwhile, saw the largest percentage decline in new claims, with claims down 21.9%.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites nationwide, generated from data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s weekly unemployment insurance claims report.

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