New initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Idaho totaled just over 3,800 for the week ending Sept. 5th, increasing 3 percent – or 118 claims – from the previous week.
The four-week moving average increased by 4 percent to 3,732 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 just over13,000, the 18th consecutive week of declines. The four-week moving average for continued claims also fell 10 percent – from 17,468 for the week ending Aug. 29th to 15,658 for the week prior.
Laid-off Idaho workers filed four times more claims than during the same week in 2019.
The Labor Department paid out $41.9 million in claims during the week, up from $9.3 million the prior week.
Total benefit payments to laid-off Idahoans attributed to COVID-19 have now reached $846 million. (Idaho Department of Labor)