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Utah Sees Fewer New Jobless Claims Since Previous Report

FILE: (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – According to the latest report from the Utah Department of Workforce Services, 3,545 Utahns applied for new unemployment benefits last week.

That’s down from the 3,817 workers who filed new claims for the week ending Feb. 13.

Continued claims are also down slightly, with 32,763 Utahns filing for benefits for at least two consecutive weeks.

During the previous week, 33,033 residents had filed continued claims.

“New unemployment claims have dropped by nearly 22% over the past two weeks, while continued claims have also seen a weekly decline for three consecutive weeks,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “The employment of many Utahns continues to be impacted by this incredibly difficult pandemic; however, Utah’s economy has proven to be incredibly resilient and there are many job opportunities available supporting our continued economic recovery.”

About 730,000 Americans filed for new benefits last week, which is a sharp drop of about 111,000 claims from the previous week.

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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