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Continued unemployment claims drop below 2,000 in South Dakota

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Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 10:18 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Continued unemployment claims dropped to the lowest point since 2019 in South Dakota’s latest jobs report.

The Department of Labor reported 1,495 continued claims for the week ending in May 29, down 670 from the previous week. This marks the lowest number of continued claims in the state since November of 2019, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Continued claims spiked above 20,000 per week last spring and summer during the early months of the pandemic, but have declined steadily since the fall.

First-time benefit claims also fell by nearly 50 to 215. This number has hovered at pre-pandemic levels for several months.

For the week ending June 5, a total of $269,000 was paid out in state benefits, in addition to $647,000 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, $83,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and $274,000 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits. Officials say the state will discontinue all three federal pandemic assistance programs on June 26.

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