Unemployment Claims and COVID-19 Economic Impacts



Unemployment Insurance Claims Data Shed Light on the Local Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic


Our team of regional economists take a deep dive into the initial impacts of COVID-19 on Utah’s local economies and our workforce. Learn more about the breakdown of unemployment claims by industry and how your region is faring:


  • CENTRAL (Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Wayne counties)
  • SOUTHWEST (Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington counties)






Utah's Employment Summary: May 2020



Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for May 2020 contracted by an estimated 4.8%, with 75,400 jobs sidelined compared to the May 2019 employment. Most job reductions remain as furloughs and are considered temporary in nature. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,485,800. Utah’s April year-over job change has been revised down two-tenths of a percentage point to -7.3%.


May’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 8.5%. Approximately 137,200 Utahns were unemployed during May. Utah’s April unemployment rate has been revised upward from its initial 9.7% to 10.4%. The national unemployment rate for May lowered to 13.3%. More...