Press Release
June 11, 2020

Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Claims Report (May 31-June 6)

SALT LAKE CITY (June 11, 2020) — The number of new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 5,452 for the week of May 31 to June 6, 2020. There were 91,148 weekly claims filed during that same week. A total of $25,840,982 was paid in traditional unemployment benefits. An additional $48,284,790 of the $600 weekly stimulus was paid out to claimants, as well as $1,080,293 in federally funded extended benefit payments, for a total of $75,206,065 in unemployment benefits for the week. A total of 1,674 new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims were submitted.

Traditional Unemployment Insurance Claims

May 31-June 6

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Total Weekly Claims

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State Benefits


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$600 Stimulus Paid

05/31/20 to 06/06/20





Combined Benefits


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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims

May 31-June 6

Total Combined Claims

March 15 to June 6, 2020

Total New Claims

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Total Benefits Paid

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Total Claims

Total Benefits Paid

05/31/20 to 06/06/20






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The number of individuals who ended their unemployment insurance claim on May 30, 2020, was 6,617. A total of 7,707 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 have again seen a persistently high number of new and continued claims for unemployment benefits, however, we are also glad to see thousands stop requesting the benefit every week,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “While the unemployment benefit has provided stability for many Utahns, it is an important reminder that it is also very temporary. We will continue to work towards getting claimants back to work and connected to the stability of employment.”

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 (14.7%), Management Occupations (10%), and Sales and Related Occupations (8.6%).

The five counties in Utah that had the highest number of individuals file new unemployment insurance claims were Salt Lake (41%), Utah (15%), Davis (8.1%), Weber (7.8%), and Washington (3.3%).

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