Idaho sees 5,800 initial unemployment new claims due to COVID-19

Initial unemployment claims in Idaho reached 5,800 during last week, a 23 percent decline from the previous week.

Laid-off Idaho workers filed 131,000 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the eight weeks of the COVID-19 state of emergency – more than double the total number of initial claims filed in all of 2019. It was the sixth week the number of new claims fell, while continued claims decreased to 65,400, down 9 percent from the previous week.

Accommodations and food services accounted for almost 15 percent of total claims filed during the week, while retail represented the second largest group at 13 percent.

Between March 23 and May 9, the Idaho Department of Labor paid out $70 million in regular benefits to laid-off Idaho workers; $504,000 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation; and $124 million in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments.

Regular benefit payouts for the week ending May 9 reached $13.4 million.

Total CARES Act payments increased 6.4 percent last week to $30.4 million. (Idaho Department of Labor)

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