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Unemployment Spikes Again; Last Utah National Park Closes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 33,000 new Utah residents filed for unemployment last week in yet another increase that illustrates the stunning collapse of the global economy.

The new filings mark a 16% leap from the previous week and were a staggering 29 times higher than the average weekly claims made last year, show state figures released Thursday.

Utah's economic woes mirror national trends: 16.8 million Americans fell into unemployment in the last three weeks.

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Meanwhile, all five of Utah's national parks are closed after Capitol Reef officials said Thursday they are shutting their gates to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus.