Unemployment claims remain high in Utah, report says

The Utah Department of Workforce Services’ main administration building in Salt Lake City now bears the name of the late Gov. Olene S. Walker. The building was renamed during a ceremony celebrating the department’s 20th anniversary on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

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

SALT LAKE CITY — Seven months into the pandemic and thousands of people are still out of work and in need of assistance, new data in Utah indicates.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday the number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah rose to 4,658 for the week of Oct. 4 through Oct. 10, with a total of $14 million distributed in benefits. There were 37,571 continued claims filed during that same week.

“In spite of a persistent high volume of new claims, we have seen an overall decrease in continued claims for 23 consecutive weeks in the state of Utah,” said Unemployment Insurance Division director Kevin Burt. “While the unemployment program has provided much needed support, we continue to encourage active participation in the labor force as opportunities prevail in Utah’s economy and the unemployment benefit remains time-limited.”

The number of individuals who have not requested benefits for two straight weeks as of Oct. 3 was 3,614. In comparison, a total of 19,793 people met the same criteria the previous week.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News


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