Utah unemployment claims decline for 12th week, though volume still at high level

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The Utah Department of Workforce Services’ main administration building in Salt Lake City. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Unemployment claims continue to fall in the Beehive State, the Utah Department of Workforce Services said Thursday, reporting a 17% drop in traditional new applications last week and 12% fewer pandemic specific claims.

There were 83,716 continued claims filed during the week of July 19 to July 25, with the number of total new claims filed for jobless benefits at 6,057. The state paid nearly $71.8 million in benefits for the week.

Since March 15, the state has processed and distributed more that $777 million in jobless aid to Utahns, the report stated.

“This week we saw over 1,000 fewer new claims and continued claims have decreased for 12 consecutive weeks,” said Unemployment Insurance Division Director Kevin Burt. “With continued economic progress over the last five months, and the ending of the $600 weekly stimulus payment, we will soon be ending the self-attested job attachments implemented during the pandemic. This will encourage claimants to actively look for work to receive their benefits each week.”

The job attachment status for active claimants will end Aug. 15. While this change will not result in ineligibility, to remain on the benefit program, the agency said, all claimants will be required to register for work as well as make and report at least four job contacts every week they are requesting unemployment benefits.

This story will be updated.

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