Press Release
May 7, 2020

Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Claims Report (April 26-May 2)

SALT LAKE CITY (May 7, 2020) — The number of new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 9,057 for the week of April 26 to May 2, 2020. Part of the Unemployment Insurance system is filing a weekly claim, there were 107,711 weekly claims filed during that same week. A total of $25,978,788 was paid in traditional unemployment benefits reflecting payments going out and claims being processed in the midst of a record volume. An additional $46,980,180 of the $600 weekly stimulus was paid out to claimants, for a total of $72,958,968 in unemployment benefits for the week. A total of 4,166 new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims were submitted.

Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Claims

April 26-May 2

Total New Claims

% Change


Total Weekly Claims

% Change


State Benefits


% Change


$600 Stimulus Paid

04/26/20 to 05/02/20





Combined Benefits


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Average Weekly 2019







Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

April 26-May 2

Total New Claims

Total Benefits Paid

Benefits Paid Previous Week

% Change


04/26/20 to 05/02/20





The number of individuals who ended their unemployment insurance claim on April 25, 2020 was 3,305. A total of 1,251 ended their claim during the previous week. As the state continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, this number will help demonstrate the number of individuals no longer accessing unemployment benefits.

“We are grateful for everyone that has continued to be patient as the incredible staff process this record volume of claims and meet this demand,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “With the state moving to the orange moderate risk factor, we remind claimants returning to work to accurately report wages earned during your weekly claim.”

The three industries that saw the highest percentage of claims this week, as self-identified by the claimant at the time of their filing, were Office and Administrative Support (13%), Sales and Related Occupations (11%), and Food Preparation and Serving (7%).

The five counties in Utah that had the highest number of individuals file new unemployment insurance claims were Salt Lake (40%), Utah (13%), Davis (9%), Weber (7%), and Washington (4%).

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