Weekly unemployment claims hold steady in Utah as new benefit disbursed

SALT LAKE CITY — The number of Utahns filing for unemployment compensation was flat over the past week.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday that the total number of new claims for jobless benefits in the Beehive State registered at 4,563 for the week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 5 compared to 4,591 claims the prior week. The state paid out $17.5 million in benefits to claimants over the week.

Last week, DWS reported the new claims from people applying for unemployment assistance for the first time dropped by 18%. However, this week the volume of claims was relatively steady, declining less than 1%. The state also reported 54,661 continuing claims for unemployment aid.

“At the peak of this pandemic, we saw 33,000 applications in a week, so 4,500 is certainly much lower than we saw at the peak. But 4,500 people is still 4,500 people that are

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