New initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Idaho totaled 4,703 for the week ending July 25, decreasing 17 percent – or 984 claims – from the previous week.
The four-week moving average fell 3 percent to an average of 5,193 new initial claims per week.
Continued claims – the number of people who requested a benefit payment – dropped by 4 percent from the previous week to 26,445, the 12th consecutive week of declines. The four-week moving average for continued claims also fell 4 percent from 29,091 for the week ending July 18 to 27,981 for the week ending July 25.
Laid-off Idaho workers filed six times more claims than those filed during the same week in 2019.
The Idaho Department of Labor paid out $38.4 million in claims during the week ending July 25, up from $35.9 million for the week ending July 18.
Total benefit payments to laid-off Idahoans attributed to COVID-19 have now reached $714 million.