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New jobless benefits claims down in Utah for third straight week

Posted at 8:44 AM, Nov 05, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 3,866 for the week of Oct. 25-31, 2020, with a total of $11,956,086 of benefits paid. There were 31,239 continued claims filed during that same week.

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of Oct. 24, 2020, was 3,134. A total of 3,919 met the same criteria during the previous week.

“We continue to see some positive trends in the claims data, as new claims have gone down for three consecutive weeks while continued claims have decreased for 26 consecutive weeks,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “We do expect to see a seasonal increase in claims, as well as continued employment disruption with the ongoing pandemic concerns, but certainly not near the levels we saw earlier this year; Utah’s economy continues to recover and prove to be very resilient.”