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Idaho weekly unemployment claims decrease from the previous week

Idaho unemployment claims drop 17% from previous week at the end of July
Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 13:34:15-04

Weekly unemployment claims in Idaho decreased by 17% from the prior week, the Idaho Department of Labor announced Thursday.

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. The four-week rolling average also decreased, falling by 3% to 5,193 new initial claims a week.

Continued unemployment claims have also been on the decrease. The number of people who requested continued benefit payments dropped by 4% from the prior week, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

Idaho residents aged 25-34 represented the largest group of unemployment claims at 25%, with residents 35-44 making up 23% of the claims. People under 25 years old claimed 10% and those 45-54 claimed 17%.

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.6% in July as the state began to reopen after seeing a record-high 11.8% unemployment in April.