Idaho weekly unemployment rises slightly

New initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits totaled 4,285 for the week ending June 20, increasing 18 percent – or 654 claims – from the previous week.

The four-week moving average declined 3 percent to an average of 3,879 new initial claims per week.

Continued claims – the number of people who requested a benefit payment – dropped by 10 percent from the previous week to 33,060, the seventh consecutive week of declines. The four-week moving average for continued claims also fell 12 percent from 48,068 for the week ending June 13 to 42,160 for the week ending June 20.

Laid-off Idaho workers filed 157,143 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the 14 weeks since the COVID-19 state of emergency declaration – 2.7 times the total number of initial claims filed in all of 2019 in just three months. Seventy-five percent of the initial claims filed were in the first six weeks.

The department paid out $52.8 million in claims during the week of June 14-20, down from $86 million the week of June 7-13. Of that, regular state unemployment benefit payouts were $10.4 million, up slightly from $10.3 million the previous week, but 9.4 times higher than the same week in 2019. Of the CARES Act programs, Pandemic Extended Unemployment payments (PEUC) were $1.2 million, with payouts for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) at $4.3 million and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) at $36.9 million.

As of June 20, total benefit payments attributed to COVID-19 layoffs reached $522 million. (Idaho Department of Labor)

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