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July 25, 2021

Jobless claims still at high levels in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of people continue to file for jobless benefits even as the economy is recovering.

The state Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday the number of new claims for unemployment compensation in Utah registered at 4,264 for the week of Oct. 11 through Oct. 17, with a total of $11.8 million in benefits paid out to individuals. There were 34,579 continued claims filed during that same week, the report noted.

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of Oct. 10 was 4,713, a significant increase over the 3,614 that met the same criteria last week.

“Over the last seven months of the pandemic, the unemployment division has received claims nearly totaling the number of new claims filed in the previous five years combined, as well as approximately paying out more unemployment benefits than were paid in the previous eight years combined,” said Unemployment Insurance Division Director Kevin Burt. “In spite of this overwhelming demand, Utah’s trust fund currently remains solvent and we are confident it will continue to meet the ongoing demand, while more than 20 states’ own trust funds have gone insolvent.”

This story will be updated.

Jasen Lee

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