PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — There were fewer new claims for unemployment benefits in the past week in South Dakota, according to state labor officials.

There were 536 initial claims processed for the week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, the Department of Labor and Regulation said. That's a decrease of 94 claims compared to the previous week.

A total of $1.4 million was paid in state benefits, in addition to about $2 million in federal coronavirus pandemic compensation.

The number of continuing state claims for the same week is nearly 9,300, a decrease of about 1,500 from the previous week.

Total state unemployment benefits paid since mid-March is nearly $79 million, officials said. The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has a balance of $121.5 million.

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