The Utah Department of Workforce Services’ main administration building in Salt Lake City. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Overall claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week, but the number of new claims continues to rise, according to numbers put out by the Utah Department of Workforce Services Thursday.
Continuing a trend seen over the last couple months, continued unemployment claims fell sharply. The agency reported that 40,390 continued claims were filed for the week ending Oct. 3, compared to 44,306 claims reported the week prior.
New claims continue to rise slightly from week to week, with 4,574 new claims filed for the week ending Oct. 3 and 4,458 reported the week before.
Both continued and new claims are well above 2019 averages, showing that the COVID-19 pandemic is still impacting many Utahns.
“New claims for unemployment benefits remain high and have remained at fairly constant level for the last several weeks,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “The department does expect new claims to increase over the next few months due to the seasonal workforce in the state of Utah; however, it is also clear the pandemic continues to be disruptive to employment.”
This story will be updated.