Report: Utah unemployment claims down nearly 22% over 2 weeks

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 25, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah’s new unemployment claims are down over the past few weeks, according to a weekly report released Thursday by the state’s Department of Workforce Services.

“New unemployment claims have dropped by nearly 22% over the past two weeks, while continued claims have also seen a weekly decline for three consecutive weeks,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

“The employment of many Utahns continues to be impacted by this incredibly difficult pandemic; however, Utah’s economy has proven to be incredibly resilient and there are many job opportunities available supporting our continued economic recovery.”

Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services

The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 3,545 for the week of Feb. 14-20, 2021, with a total of $20,080,218 of benefits paid. There were 32,763 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. 13, 2021, was 2,029. A total of 1,649 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

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