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7,306 New Total Jobless Claims In Utah; 89K Continued Claims

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – State officials reported 7,306 total new unemployment claims were filed for the week ending July 11.

This number includes new traditional unemployment insurance claims (4,828) and new pandemic unemployment assistance claims (1,493). Both numbers are down slightly from the week before.

Currently, 89,081 Utahns have continued filing claims for two weeks or more.

Utah Dept. of Workforce Services Press Conference

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“The unemployment insurance program has paid out over one billion dollars in benefits during the pandemic to support thousands of Utahns and businesses,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “However, the $600 additional weekly stimulus benefit is only available for two more weeks, thankfully there are thousands of jobs available as Utah continues to work towards safe, economic recovery.”

About 1.3 million Americans filed new claims last week, according to the Labor Department. The latest report comes as 22 states have either paused or reversed the reopening of their economies.

In June, the national unemployment rate was 11.1%. While that number is high, it shows a decline from the 13.3% unemployment rate the month before.

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