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More than $80M in unemployment benefits paid in Utah last week

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Posted at 9:14 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 11:14:46-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The State of Utah received 7,249 new unemployment benefits claims and paid more than $80 million in unemployment benefits last week, according to a report from the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

The report, which covers the week of June 28-July 4, also shows 90,542 continued unemployment claims.

“The amount of unemployment claims during this pandemic has certainly been historic, as has the amount of benefits paid,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, in a news release. “Moving forward, ongoing financial stability will only be found in employment, as the unemployment insurance $600 weekly stimulus is set to expire on July 25, 2020 for all unemployment programs.”

The number of people who did not request unemployment benefits for two consecutive weeks as of June 20 was 5,184. A total of 5,621 people met the same criteria the previous week.

People whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 should visit https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19 for updated information, including help for employees and employers returning to work.