(Bismarck, ND) — Officials say North Dakota’s Unemployment fund is in good shape going into 2021. Job Service North Dakota Deputy Director Darren Brostrom say unemployment claims have dropped dramatically since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brostrom says around 100-thousand claims were filed at one point during the pandemic. That number is down to just over 650 in the last week. The state Emergency Commission and the Legislature’s Budget Section contributed to the Unemployment Fund with money from the CARES Act, shoring up its reserves.