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Utah's unemployment claims continue to slowly decline

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Sep 10, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Unemployment Insurance Claims Report for August 30 to September 5 shows claims are continuing to slowly decline.

4,536 new claims were filed and a total of $17,462,988 of benefits were paid.

This is a slight decline from the report covering August 23-29, which reported 4,591 new claims were filed.

In addition, 54,661 continued claims were filed, which is 7,275 claims less than the previous week.

Payments began yesterday for the "Lost Wages Assistance" program, which was designed to provide further economic relief to those in need.

“The payment is fully integrated into the benefit system, as a result no application or request is needed, anyone that received an unemployment benefit during the applicable weeks will automatically be considered for this additional assistance," Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services said.

The program ran from July 26, 2020 through September 5, 2020. The limit of six weeks was a result of high state participation and capped funding availability to the program.

Benefits will be automatically calculated and distributed during the month of September based on unemployment claims already received.