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Jobless benefits claims decreased in Utah last week

Officials call report 'encouraging'
Lost Wage Assistance is helping unemployed Utahns get by
Posted at 8:44 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 10:44:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The number of new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 7,135 for the week of May 3-9, 2020.

Part of the Unemployment Insurance system is filing a weekly claim, there were 106,377 weekly claims filed during that same week.

A total of $27,845,417 was paid in traditional unemployment benefits reflecting payments going out and claims being processed in the midst of a record volume.

An additional $50,711,11 of the $600 weekly stimulus was paid out to claimants, for a total of $78,556,527 in unemployment benefits for the week.

A total of 2,787 new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims were submitted.

“As Utah has transitioned to the orange moderate risk we have seen an encouraging decrease in the number of individuals ending their claim, a continued decrease in new claims, as well as a slight decrease in weekly claims,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “We anticipate these numbers will continue to decrease as the economy dials back up and people return to work.”

The three industries that saw the highest percentage of claims this week, as self-identified by the claimant at the time of their filing, were:

  • Office and Administrative Support (15%)
  • Sales and Related Occupations (9%)
  • Production Occupations (8%)

The five counties in Utah that had the highest number of individuals file new unemployment insurance claims were:

  • Salt Lake (43%)
  • Utah (13%)
  • Davis (8%)
  • Weber (6.5%)
  • Washington (4%)

Burt will go over these numbers in a news media briefing at 9:30 a.m. It will be live streamed on the Fox 13 News webpage and Facebook page.