4,470 Utahns Filed For New Unemployment Benefits Last Week
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A total of 4,470 Utahns filed for new jobless benefits for the week ending Nov. 21.
That’s a drop in new claims from the previous week, when 4,617 workers sought new benefits, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
DWS reports 28,002 continued claims for last week, down slightly from 28,168 the previous week.
A total of 3,145 have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks.
“The need for unemployment insurance continues, as more than 4,000 Utahns are applying for the benefit weekly,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “While new claims are high compared to the historically low 2019 average, they remain significantly lower than the historically high volume seen early in the pandemic, when the average new claims were over 28,000 filed per week.”
Nationally, 778,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits.
If an individual’s employment has been impacted by COVID-19, they should visit jobs.utah.gov/covid19 for updated information including help for employees and employers returning to work.
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