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Unemployment report: More than $75M in benefits paid to Utahns May 31-June 6

Utah’s unemployment insurance claims for last week show pandemic still taking toll on the state’s workforce
Posted at 11:18 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 13:18:32-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A new unemployment report for Utah shows thousands of people continue to file new claims each week, but they're outnumbered by the people ending their claims.

“We have again seen a persistently high number of new and continued claims for unemployment benefits, however, we are also glad to see thousands stop requesting the benefit every week,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, in a news release.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reports 5,452 new unemployment claims and 91,148 weekly claims were filed between May 31 and June 6. On May 30, 6,617 people ended their claims.

From May 31 to June 6, unemployed people in Utah received a combined total of $25,840,982 in traditional unemployment benefits and $48,284,790 in $600 weekly stimulus payments. Another $1.08 million in federally-funded benefits also went to unemployed Utahns.

"The three industries that saw the highest percentage of claims this week, as self-identified by the claimant at the time of their filing, were Office and Administrative Support (14.7%), Management Occupations (10%), and Sales and Related Occupations (8.6%)," the report said.