Idaho's weekly unemployment claims continued to drop as the economy reopens, decreasing by 23% since last week.
Weekly new claims were down 23%, or 1,096 claims, from the week ending in Aug. 1, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. The four-week rolling average for claims also decreased, dropping by 6% to 4,864 claims a week.
The number of continued claims also decreased this week, the 13th consecutive week continued claims have dropped. The continued claims, or the number of people who requested a benefit payment, decreased by 4% this past week to 25,369 claims, according to the department.
The largest age group filing claims were those 25-34 at 28% of all claims. Those younger than 25 accounted for 20% of all claims, and people ages 35-44 were also 20% of all claims, according to the department. Individuals aged 45-54 were the lowest percentage of all claims at just 16%.