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March 1, 2021

Weekly jobless claims rise nearly 14% in Utah, report says

SALT LAKE CITY — The volume of new unemployment claims filed rose 13.7% last week, the second week in a row that more Utahns sought benefits, according to data from the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

The agency reported Thursday the number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in the Beehive State registered at 4,617 for the week of Nov. 8 through Nov. 14, up from 4,060 claims the week before. A total of 28,168 continued claims were also filed last week.

“A high demand for the unemployment benefit persists as new claims have increased for two consecutive weeks; it is critical to note that we were and are expecting a seasonal increase in claims during the winter months,” said Kevin Burt, director of the state Unemployment Insurance Division. “In more promising data, we have seen a decrease in continued or ongoing claims for 28 consecutive weeks as Utah’s economy continues to gradually recover during this difficult pandemic.”

The number of people who did not request a benefit for two straight weeks as of Nov. 7 registered at 3,264, down slightly from 3,331 who met the same criteria during the previous week.

This story will be updated.

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