Utah unemployment claims keep inching down, now reaching Great Recession levels

Credit Tenn. Dept. Labor

Credit Tenn. Dept. Labor

In a glimmer of hope, the overall number of people now drawing jobless benefits in the US fell for the first time since the crisis began, from 25 million to 21 million, suggesting some companies are starting to rehire. Since April 4, more than $661 million in benefits has been paid. Other states still aren't reporting how many people are applying for this program to the Department of Labor.

The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the USA economy.

Nationwide, about 2.1 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week, despite the fact that many businesses are reopening and rehiring staffs.

As South Dakota businesses begin to reopen, the number of people claiming unemployment begins to drop.

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Ohio's new unemployment filings continue to gradually decline, according to U.S. Department of Labor numbers released Thursday morning. Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled more than $48.8 million for the same week.

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

Utah officials estimate that up to 70% of residents who've seen employment disruptions since March remain job attached, meaning they are essentially furloughed with the prospect of returning to work. Russian Federation reported a steady increase in its caseload, even as Moscow and provinces across the vast country moved to ease restrictions in sync with the Kremlin's political agenda.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks.

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