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4,458 Utahns file new jobless aid claims as pandemic continues to 'disrupt' economy

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Utah's new unemployment claims have remained between 4,000 to 5,000 for the last five weeks, possible signs of a slight halt in economic recovery.

According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, 44,306 filed continuing claims for the week of Sept. 20-26 with a total of $14,788,449 of benefits paid.

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of September 19, 2020 was 11,270. A total of 1,615 met the same criteria during the previous week.

Breakdown of new unemployment claims filed during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the UDWS:

  • March 16 to 20 -- 19,690
  • March 22 to 28 -- 28,532
  • March 30 to April 3 -- 33,040
  • April 6 to 10 -- 24,037
  • April 13 to 17 -- 19,751
  • April to 20 to 24-- 11,830
  • April 26 to May 1 -- 9,057
  • May 4 to 8 -- 7,135
  • May 11 to 15 -- 6,275
  • May 18 to 22 -- 5,455
  • May 24 to 30 -- 4,996
  • May 31 to June 6 -- 5,452
  • June 7 to 13 -- 4,847
  • June 14 to 20 -- 4,961
  • June 21 to 27 -- 5,006
  • June 28 to July 4 -- 7,249
  • July 5 to 11 -- 7,306
  • July 12 to 18 -- 7,067
  • July 19 to 25 -- 6,057
  • July 26 to Aug. 1 -- 5,080
  • Aug. 2 to 8 -- 4,854
  • Aug. 9 to 15 -- 5,321
  • Aug. 16 to 22 -- 5,628
  • Aug. 23 to 29 -- 4,591
  • Aug. 30 to Sept. 5 -- 4,536
  • Sept. 6 to 12 -- 4,193
  • Sept. 13 to 19 -- 4,473
  • Sept. 20 to 26 -- 4,458

Even though the significant decrease in new claims has stalled, Utah is seeing a continual decline in continuing claims.

“We continue to see economic recovery as evidenced by the now twenty-one consecutive weeks of reduced ongoing claims for unemployment benefits in the state of Utah,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the UDWS.

It is clear this pandemic continues to be disruptive, but Utah’s diverse economy does offer employment opportunities to those actively looking for them.

Anyone whose job has been affected during the coronavirus pandemic is encouraged to visit jobs.utah.gov/covid19 for job openings and tips.

The U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday that 837,000 filed new unemployment claims. The number of people who are continuing to receive benefits fell to 11.8 million, extending a steady decline since spring.

Wallet Hub ranked which states' weekly unemployment claims are recovering the quickest. Utah came in at 13.

KUTV 2News did not commission or participate in this study and could not verify its results or findings.

Most recovered last week

  1. South Dakota
  2. Oregon
  3. Missouri
  4. West Virginia
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Vermont
  7. Connecticut
  8. Iowa
  9. South Carolina
  10. Wyoming

Least recovered last week

  1. New Mexico
  2. Nevada
  3. Hawaii
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Florida
  6. Nebraska
  7. California
  8. Georgia
  9. Louisiana
  10. Kansas