SALT LAKE CITY — Unemployment claims in Utah rose slightly over the past week, with 4,658 people filing for benefits between Oct. 4-10.
The new claims were just 84 more than the previous week of Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. However, Utah's continued claims dropped 8.3% from the previous week; a trend that officials are hopeful about.
“In spite of a persistent high volume of new claims, we have seen an overall decrease in continued claims for 23 consecutive weeks in the state of Utah,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “While the unemployment program has provided much needed support, we continue to encourage active participation in the labor force as opportunities prevail in Utah’s economy and the unemployment benefit remains time-limited.”