New initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits totaled 3,644 for the week ending Aug. 15, increasing 12 percent – or 394 claims – from the previous week. The four-week moving average decreased by 12 percent to 3,801 new initial claims per week – the fourth consecutive week of declines.
Continued claims – the number of people who requested a benefit payment – dropped by 7 percent from the previous week to 18,772, the 15th consecutive week of declines. The four-week moving average for continued claims fell 9 percent – from 24,925 for the week ending Aug. 8 to 22,712 for the week ending Aug. 15.
The department paid out $11.9 million in claims during the week ending Aug. 15, down from $14.7 million for the week ending Aug. 8. The drop was due to the end of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which had paid an additional $600 per week in benefits. (Idaho Department of Labor)