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Unemployment claims on the decline in Utah, report says

By Jasen Lee, KSL | Updated - Aug. 6, 2020 at 3:33 p.m. | Posted - Aug. 6, 2020 at 10:32 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The state saw a 16% drop in new jobless claims last week as fewer Utahns are filing for unemployment compensation, according to figures the Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday.

Data indicated the number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah registered at 5,080 for the week of July 26 to Aug. 1, with just over $75 million in benefits doled out to claimants. There were 81,439 continued claims filed during that same week.

“Over the past two weeks we have seen new unemployment claims drop by 28% while also seeing a continued, gradual decrease in ongoing unemployment claims,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “Certainly employment continues to be impacted for many, but this improvement is critical as the $600 federal stimulus has expired for all claimants.”

He added that job attachment status for active claimants is set to expire on Aug. 15. While this change will not necessarily result in ineligibility, to continue receiving benefits, people will be required to register for work as well as report at least four job contacts per week that unemployment assistance is requested, he said.

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