SALT LAKE CITY — The number of new jobless claims in Utah rose during the week of March 14-20, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
Earlier Thursday, the U.S. Labor Dept. reported that unemployment claims across America reached a pandemic low.
A report released Thursday morning said the number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 3,403 for the week of March 14–20, 2021, with a total of $19,818,915 of benefits paid. There were 29,975 continued claims filed during that same week.
The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of March 13, 2021, was 2,330. A total of 2,001 met the same criteria during the previous week.
“The federal unemployment stimulus benefits made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 have all been successfully implemented in the state of Utah,” said Kevin Burt, director of the Unemployment Insurance Division for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “While these benefits are critical to those who find themselves unemployed through no fault of their own, active job search will continue to be a requirement to receive them and Utah’s strong economy offers many employment opportunities.”
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