The Idaho Department of Labor says unemployment continued claims – the number of people who requested an unemployment benefit payment – continued to fall the week ending Oct. 3, dropping 8 percent from the previous week to 9,144, the 22nd consecutive week of declines.
The four-week moving average for continued claims fell 9 percent – from 11,284 to 10,314 .
Initial claims for unemployment benefits totaled 2,955 for the week, dropping slightly by 40 claims, pushing the four-week moving average down by 6 percent to 3,265.
The department paid out $7.1 million in claims during the week ending Oct. 3rd, unchanged from the prior week.
Regular state benefit payouts were $2 million, down from $2.2 million for the previous week.
Total benefit payments to laid-off Idahoans attributed to COVID-19 have now reached $883.1 million. (Idaho Department of Labor)