SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 11, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah’s new unemployment claims have deceased for five consecutive weeks, according to a weekly report released Thursday by the state’s Department of Workforce Services.
“Weekly continued unemployment claims have decreased for five consecutive weeks, as we see Utah’s economy continue to get stronger and people successfully return to work,” said Kevin Burt, director of the Unemployment Insurance Division. “The federally-funded unemployment stimulus benefits were set to expire on March 13, 2021; however, it appears many of these benefits will be extended with the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.”
The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 3,289 for the week of Feb. 28-March 6, 2021, with a total of $21,162,843 of benefits paid. There were 31,701 continued claims filed during that same week, the weekly report says.
The number of people who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of Feb. 27, 2021, was 1,586. A total of 1,683 met the same criteria during the previous week.
People whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 are urged to visit jobs.utah.gov/covid19 for updated information including help for employees and employers returning to work.
Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services