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New claims for unemployment benefits in Utah remain high

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Posted at 8:59 AM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 10:59:05-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The latest unemployment numbers were released Thursday morning for the week of Sept, 27-Oct. 3, and new claims for unemployment benefits in Utah remain high.

The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 4,574 for the week with a total of $15,330,865 of benefits paid. There were 40,390 continued claims filed during that same week.

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of Sept. 26, 2020 was 19,793. A total of 11,270 met the same criteria during the previous week.

“New claims for unemployment benefits remain high and have remained at fairly constant level for the last several weeks,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “The department does expect new claims to increase over the next few months due to the seasonal workforce in the state of Utah; however, it is also clear the pandemic continues to be disruptive to employment.”

Burt’s weekly news conference in which he goes over the latest numbers and trends will be live streamed at 9:30 a.m. on the FOX 13 website and Facebook page.