Press Release
May 14, 2020

Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Claims Report (May 3-9)

SALT LAKE CITY (May 14, 2020) — The number of new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 7,135 for the week of May 3-9, 2020. Part of the Unemployment Insurance system is filing a weekly claim, there were 106,377 weekly claims filed during that same week. A total of $27,845,417 was paid in traditional unemployment benefits reflecting payments going out and claims being processed in the midst of a record volume. An additional $50,711,110 of the $600 weekly stimulus was paid out to claimants, for a total of $78,556,527 in unemployment benefits for the week. A total of 2,787 new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims were submitted.

Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Claims

May 3-9

Total New Claims

% Change


Total Weekly Claims

% Change


State Benefits


% Change


$600 Stimulus Paid

05/03/20 to 05/09/20





Combined Benefits


Week over Week








Average Weekly 2019







Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

May 3-9

Total New Claims

Total Week Benefits Paid

Benefits Paid Previous Week

% Change


05/03/20 to 05/09/20





The number of individuals who ended their unemployment insurance claim on May 2, 2020 was 4,176. A total of 3,305 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.

“As Utah has transitioned to the orange moderate risk we have seen an encouraging decrease in the number of individuals ending their claim, a continued decrease in new claims, as well as a slight decrease in weekly claims,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “We anticipate these numbers will continue to decrease as the economy dials back up and people return to work.”

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 (15%), Sales and Related Occupations (9%), and Production Occupations (8%).

The five counties in Utah that had the highest number of individuals file new unemployment insurance claims were Salt Lake (43%), Utah (13%), Davis (8%), Weber (6.5%), and Washington (4%).

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