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The latest weekly data from the Idaho Department of Labor shows tens of thousands of Idahoans filed for unemployment benefits last week.

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For the week of March 29th, 30,904 additional Idahoans filed unemployment claims with the state. While that slightly eases off the 32,941 new claims from the week before – it remains at a record high level.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Idaho, a total of 77,430 people filed for unemployment benefits, up 7,400 percent according to Dept. of Labor estimates.

More than half the claims came from Idahoans in hospitality, food, healthcare, social assistance, construction and retail trade.

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Younger workers, aged 25-34, saw the highest number of claims with 27% of those filed. The foodservice category remains the most impacted, with 13.4% of claims.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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