SALT LAKE CITY — The number of new people seeking unemployment benefits in Utah rose 8% last week, with 3,403 people filing first-time claims for the week of March 14 through March 20 compared to 3,143 a week earlier.
The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday there were 29,975 continued claims filed during the latest seven-day period. A year ago, the office saw 8,856 such claims for the week.
“The federal unemployment stimulus benefits made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 have all been successfully implemented in the state of Utah,” said state Unemployment Insurance Division Director Kevin Burt. “While these benefits are critical to those who find themselves unemployed through no fault of their own, active job search will continue to be a requirement to receive them and Utah’s strong economy offers many employment opportunities.”
The number of people who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of March 13 registered at 2,330, compared to a total of 2,001 who met the same criteria during the prior week.
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