Idaho weekly unemployment claims decrease from the previous week

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 2, 2020

Nebraska and Iowa reported their weekly unemployment numbers.

As a reminder, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments of $600 per week, made possible by the federal CARES Act, expired July 25. The state averaged roughly 70,000 continued jobless claims per week in February and early March, before Gov. Mike DeWine ordered businesses to close and issued a stay-at-home order to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Labor Department reports over 96 percent of those claims have been processed thus far.

Doing away with that "job-attached" status will mean recipients will have to register for job openings and prove they are looking for employment each week in order to continue receiving benefits, according to Kevin Burt, director of the state's unemployment insurance system.

Almost 677,355 workers filed continued jobless claims last week, a 0.6% decrease from 673,444 claims filed a week prior, according to the department.

Even Utah's more subdued number is still nearly three times the average weekly claims filed just before the coronavirus outbreak began.

"While ESD administers this additional benefit, we do not have a say in whether it is extended". "We are throwing every resource we have at these complicated outstanding claims, and working to get everyone a determination quickly".

Since March 21 - 1,059,773 Maryland residents filed initial unemployment claims, compared to only 446,883 claims filed in 2018 and 2019 combined.

A landmark deal between the Murphy administration and the 35,000-member Communications Workers of American New Jersey, calls for thousands of member public workers to be partially furloughed during the month of July.

The U.S. Commerce Department also said Thursday gross domestic product (GDP) dropped by 9.5 percent in the second quarter, which translates to annual rate of decline of 32.9 percent.

The accommodation and food services sector saw the greatest number of new claims last week with 3,140, an increase of 5% over the previous week.

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