Idaho claims for unemployment continue decline

New initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits totaled 3,646 for the week ending May 30 – declining 22 percent from the previous week.

Continued claims – the number of people who requested a benefit payment – declined for the fourth consecutive week, falling to 51,035, down 10 percent from the previous week.

Regular state unemployment benefit payouts for the week of May 24-30 reached $9.5 million, just over a 15 percent decrease over the previous week, but 8.6 times higher than the same week in 2019. Total CARES Act payments decreased almost 14 percent for the week of May 24-30, from $25.7 million to $22.2 million. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments were up to $944,700 – mostly to self-employed individuals.

Laid-off Idaho workers filed 145,274 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the 11 weeks since the COVID-19 state of emergency declaration – almost 2.5 times the total number of initial claims filed in all of 2019.

As of May 30, total benefit payments attributed to COVID-19 layoffs reached $312 million. (Idaho Department of Labor)