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New and ongoing claims for jobless benefits in Utah have gone down

Posted at 8:47 AM, Aug 06, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — New and ongoing claims for jobless benefits in Utah have gone down, according to new numbers released Thursday morning.

The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 5,080 for the week of July 26 to August 1, 2020 with a total of $75,223,255 of benefits paid. There were 81,439 continued claims filed during that same week.

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of July 25, 2020 was 4,563. A total of 5,292 met the same criteria during the previous week.

“Over the past two weeks we have seen new unemployment claims drop by 28 percent while also seeing a continued, gradual decrease in ongoing unemployment claims” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “Certainly employment continues to be impacted for many, but this improvement is critical as the $600 federal stimulus has expired for all claimants.”

In addition, job attachment status for active claimants will end effective August 15, 2020. This does not result in ineligibility, however to remain on the benefit all claimants will be required to register for work as well as make and report at least four job contacts each week they are requesting the unemployment benefit.

Burt’s weekly news conference at 9:30 a.m. will be live streamed on the FOX 13 website and Facebook page.

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