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Utah’s New Jobless Claims Tick Down Slightly As National Numbers Rise

Jul 30, 2020, 8:58 AM | Updated: 9:33 am
Utah Department of Workforce Services...
Utah Department of Workforce Services

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Workforce Services on Thursday announced another decrease in new unemployment claims.

For the week ending July 25, a total 6,057 workers filed for new jobless benefits. That number is down slightly from the 7,006 reported claims the week before. As of Saturday, 83,716 Utahns filed continued claims, meaning they have requested unemployment benefits for two weeks or longer.

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That number is down by 5,365 from the week before.

“This week we saw over 1,000 fewer new claims and continued claims have decreased for twelve consecutive weeks,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “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.”

Utah’s numbers are a contrast to the national trend. More than 1.4 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance last week, which is up by 12,000 from the week before. Approximately 17 million workers across the United States are currently collecting unemployment benefits.

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Utah’s New Jobless Claims Tick Down Slightly As National Numbers Rise