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Utah's new unemployment claims steadily fall for 4th straight week

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The number of new unemployment claims filed in Utah fell below 5,000 last week, marking the first time in almost two months the number has been that low.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reports 73,300 people filed continuing claims and 4,854 filed news claims between Aug. 2 to 8 with a total of $30,546,936 of benefits paid.

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

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of Aug. 1, was 4,750. A total of 4,563 met the same criteria during the previous week.

“New claims and continued claims continue to see a steady decrease each week, supporting Utah’s decision to end the self-attested job attachment status on Aug. 15, 2020,” Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the UDWS stated in a press release.

Active job search efforts will hopefully connect those seeking work to where economic growth is occurring as employment is critical for real stability rather than the time-limited unemployment benefit.

UDWS states the job attachment status for active claimants will end on Aug. 15. Meaning, if you have been laid off or are working reduced hours and will be called back to your previous job, the limit to your time on unemployment is almost up.

This, however, does not result in ineligibility, UDWS states. 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.

The number of laid-off workers applying for unemployment aid fell below 1 million last week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. The number of claims, however, still remains at a record high level.

The U.S. Labor Department reported 963,000 weekly applications, the second straight drop from 1.2 million the previous week.

The pre-pandemic record was just under 700,000.

Wallet Hub ranked all 50 states based on whose weekly unemployment claims are recovering the quickest. Last week, Utah ranked 20.

Most recovered last week:

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

Least recovered last week:

  1. California
  2. Virginia
  3. Kentucky
  4. Alaska
  5. Kansas
  6. Wyoming
  7. New Mexico
  8. Nevada
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia

If your job has been affected by the pandemic, visit: jobs.utah.gov/covid19