Idaho weekly unemployment claims decrease by 18% in a week

Initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits from Idaho workers laid off due to COVID-19 continued to decline, dropping 18 percent from 5,800 for the week ending May 16, to 4,727 for the week ending May 23.

Continued claims – the number of people who requested a benefit payment – continued to decline for the third consecutive week, falling to 56,692, down 5.7 percent from the previous week.

Regular state unemployment benefit payouts for the week of May 17-23 reached $11.2 million, a 7.7 percent decrease over the previous week, but 9.4 times higher than the same week in 2019. Total CARES Act payments decreased 5.4 percent for the week from $27.1 million to $25.7 million. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments were $945,100.

Laid-off Idaho workers have filed more than141,600 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the 10 weeks of the COVID-19 state of emergency – 2.4 times the total number of initial claims filed in all of 2019.

As of May 23, total benefit payments attributed to COVID-19 layoffs reached $278 million. (Idaho Department of Labor)