Md. jobless claims fall to lowest level during pandemic

Ruben Fields
July 31, 2020

Continued unemployment claims represent anyone who's filed for benefits a few times, so ODJFS has said they indicate whether people are going back to work after coronavirus shutdowns.

A total of 4,703 new initial claims were made for the week of July 25, less 984 new initial claims from the week before, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

"State and federal unemployment benefits continue to be a vital wage replacement source for so many of our colleagues, friends and neighbors", Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said in a Thursday morning statement.

The numbers show that workers are still suffering even as the federal government's $600-a-week boost to unemployment compensation payments expires, placing many Americans in dire need. Workers will no longer collect the benefit unless Congress agrees to it in the next relief package. The additional benefits expire July 31, but OH sent out its last round of extra $600 payments for the week ending July 25, ODJFS said.

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The latter found students able to return to in-class learning voluntarily, with disancing measures in place. Champion said. "We know that this continues to be a roller coaster for our families and staff".

According to the Department of Labor, more than 1.43 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the week ended July 25.

What's more, the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. GDP dropped at a 32.9% annualized rate in the second quarter - a 9.5% fall from the prior year's quarter and the steepest in records dating back to 1947. That is a decrease of 10.7 percent from the prior week.

Ongoing jobless claims in Utah have declined for 12 straight weeks, with new claims lower than the number of residents dropping their applications as they return to work. The state averaged roughly 70,000 continued jobless claims per week in February and early March, before Gov. Mike DeWine ordered businesses to close and issued a stay-at-home order to combat the coronavirus pandemic. New unemployment claims peaked at a state-record 272,188 during the week ending March 28.

While Democrats say increased benefits will offer assistance to those too sick to work and to those who can not work if schools are closed due to the pandemic, Republicans argue that the $600 benefits discourage people from working. In that time, the commonwealth has paid more than $30.7 billion in unemployment benefits.

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