The number of Idahoans who filed a continued claim for unemployment insurance benefits fell for the 24th consecutive week, dropping 2 percent for the week ending Oct. 17 to 8,215. The four-week moving average for continued claims also fell by 7 percent – down from 9,533 to 8,910.
Initial claims for unemployment benefits totaled 3,293 for the week, decreasing by 226 claims.
The Labor Department paid out $5.8 million in claims during the week ending Oct. 17, down from $6.3 million for the week prior.
Total benefit payments to laid-off Idahoans attributed to COVID-19 have now reached $895.4 million. (Idaho Department of Labor)