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Utah unemployment claims continue steady decline

Utah’s unemployment insurance claims for last week show pandemic still taking toll on the state’s workforce
Posted at 8:50 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 10:50:46-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Workforce Services' latest unemployment report shows new claims and continued claims are continuing to drop after a huge spike in April.

The number of new claims filed between August 2 and August 8 was 4,854 - compared with 6,057 new claims for the previous week.

The report shows 73,300 continued claims between August 2 and August 8 - a decrease of more than 10,000 compared with the previous week.

“New claims and continued claims continue to see a steady decrease each week, supporting Utah’s decision to end the self-attested job attachment status on August 15, 2020,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services in a news release. “Active job search efforts will hopefully connect those seeking work to where economic growth is occurring as employment is critical for real stability rather than the time-limited unemployment benefit.”

Utahns received a total of $30,546,936 in unemployment benefits between August 2 and August 8.

Those whose employment status has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are urged to visit jobs.utah.gov/covid19 for more information and resources.