New initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits totaled 3,794 for the week ending Aug. 22, increasing 4 percent – or 150 claims – from the previous week.
The four-week moving average decreased by 6 percent to 3,574 new initial claims per week.
Continued claims – the number of people who requested a benefit payment – dropped by 13 percent from the previous week to 16,414, the 16th consecutive week of declines. The four-week moving average for continued claims fell 11 percent – from 22,712 for the week ending Aug. 15 to 20,205 for the week ending Aug. 22.
Laid-off Idaho workers filed four times more claims than during the same week in 2019.
The department paid out $14.1 million in claims during the week ending Aug. 22, up from $11.9 million for the week ending Aug. 15.
Total benefit payments to laid-off Idahoans attributed to COVID-19 reached $793 million. (Idaho Department of Labor)