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More than 7,000 new jobless claims, $78M paid in Utah last week

Utah’s unemployment insurance claims for last week show pandemic still taking toll on the state’s workforce
Posted at 9:06 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 11:06:36-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Workforce Services' latest unemployment report shows Utahns filed more than 7,000 new unemployment claims last week.

According to the report, DWS received 7,067 new claims and 88,134 continued claims for July 12-18.

The report shows $78,252,671 in unemployment benefits paid that week.

“The pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on the unemployment insurance program, but the staff have and continue to do an incredible job meeting the need, issuing over $1.1 billion in benefits to eligible Utahns,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, in a news release sent to FOX 13. “The added support of the $600 federal stimulus expires across all programs on July 25, 2020. This program provided temporary relief for many until economic recovery began to resume, allowing ongoing stability to now be found in employment.”

DWS also tracks the number of people who did not request unemployment benefits for two consecutive weeks. As of July 11, that number was 4,959, an increase of 37 since the previous week.