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Demand for unemployment benefits persists in Utah as pandemic continues

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Posted at 10:07 AM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 12:07:39-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The demand for unemployment benefits continues in Utah as the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of letting up.

The Dept. of Workforce Services released the latest numbers Thursday.

The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 4,060 for the week of Nov. 1-7, 2020, with a total of $11,408,500 of benefits paid. There were 29,365 continued claims filed during that same week.

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of Oct. 31, 2020, was 3,331. A total of 3,134 met the same criteria during the previous week.

“The demand for the unemployment benefit persists as the COVID-19 virus remains disruptive to employment in Utah’s recovering economy,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “The benefit has already helped hundreds of thousands of Utahns and will continue to provide much needed, temporary relief to those who see their employment interrupted during this difficult pandemic.”

709,000 Americans filed for jobless benefits last week.

If an individual's employment has been impacted by COVID-19, they should visit the state's website for updated information including help for employees and employers returning to work.