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Lost Wage Assistance is helping unemployed Utahns get by

File photo: People line up outside the Utah Department of Workforce Services in Salt Lake City.
Posted at 9:12 AM, Sep 17, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Lost Wage Assistance is helping unemployed Utahns get by.

That is the headline from Utah jobless benefits claimed during the week of September 6-12 released Thursday morning.

The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 4,193 for the week of September 6-12, 2020 with a total of $39,135,890 of benefits paid. There were 50,025 continued claims filed during that same week.

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of September 5, 2020 was 3,735. A total of 13,290 met the same criteria during the previous week.

“We are happy to report that the first three weeks of Lost Wages Assistance began to be paid last week and the final three weeks of benefits began this week,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “Lost Wages Assistance is one of eight new federal programs that have been successfully stood up by the Unemployment Insurance Division since mid-March to help Utahns that have seen their employment disrupted due to this pandemic.”

Burt will go over the latest numbers and trends in his weekly news conference at 9:30 a.m.

You can watch a live stream at the FOX 13 website and Facebook page.