SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s weekly unemployment insurance claims report was just released and it shows that 28,560 Utahns filed for new jobless benefits during the of March 22-28.
That is up 46 percent from the week before.
$3,972,938 in total benefits were paid.
The top three industries providing claims are:
- Food Preparation and Serving (16.6%)
- Office and Administrative Support (12.03%)
- Management (9.46%).
The top five counties with claims are:
- Salt Lake (41.83%)
- Utah (14.63%)
- Davis (9.17%)
- Weber (6.81%)
- Washington (6.06%).
“We are approaching more new claims in the last two weeks than the number of claims filed in all of 2019,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “The Unemployment Insurance Division staff continue to work diligently to meet this unprecedented volume. Strategies continue to be implemented to respond to this need, as well as the new benefits being described in the CARES Act, but with this historic demand there will be some disruption in our normal service levels.”