Workforce Services: New unemployment claims down 28% over 2 weeks

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 6, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — New unemployment claims for the week of July 26 through Aug. 1 were down 16% from the week prior, according to a weekly report from the Utah Division of Workforce Services.

The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 5,080 for the week of July 26 to Aug. 1, 2020 with a total of $75,223,255 of benefits paid. There were 81,439 continued claims filed during that same week.

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of July 25, 2020 was 4,563. A total of 5,292 met the same criteria during the previous week.

“Over the past two weeks we have seen new unemployment claims drop by 28% while also seeing a continued, gradual decrease in ongoing unemployment claims” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, in a  prepared statement.

“Certainly employment continues to be impacted for many, but this improvement is critical as the $600 federal stimulus has expired for all claimants.”

In addition, job attachment status for active claimants will end effective Aug. 15, 2020. This does not result in ineligibility, however to remain on the benefit all claimants will be required to register for work as well as make and report at least four job contacts each week they are requesting the unemployment benefit.

If a people’s employment has been impacted by COVID-19, they should visit jobs.utah.gov/covid19 for updated information including help for employees and employers returning to work.

Below, see more of the numbers released in Thursday’s report.

Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services

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