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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?

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Did you earn at least $ 3200 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jul 2015 - Sep 2015 to Apr 2016 - Jun 2016

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CALL: 1-888-848-0688. The Hearings/Appeals number is 801-526-9300. Other important numbers: Salt Lake County - (801) 526-4400. Utah County: (801) 375-4067. Weber and North Davis Counties: (801) 612-0877. Rest of the state or out of state, Toll Free: (888) 848-0688

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    State: Utah (UT)
    Phone Number: 1-888-848-0688. The Hearings/Appeals number is 801-526-9300. Other important numbers: Salt Lake County - (801) 526-4400. Utah County: (801) 375-4067. Weber and North Davis Counties: (801) 612-0877. Rest of the state or out of state, Toll Free: (888) 848-0688
    File Online: http://jobs.utah.gov/
    Major Towns: Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Provo, West Jordan, Sandy, Orem, Ogden, St. George, Layton, Taylorsville, and South Jordan

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Utah

    Utah Unemployment Questions


    Part-time employment and Utah Unemployment Benefits
    You must report any gross earnings for the week the work is performed, regardless of when you are paid. You can earn up to 30% of your weekly benefit amount and still receive the full weekly benefit amount. If you earn over 30% of your weekly benefit amount then a dollar for dollar deduction will be taken. However, if you earn an amount equal to or more than your weekly benefit amount, or work 40 hours or more, you will not be eligible for payment that week.

    Am I eligible if I quit my job?
    Generally, unemployment benefits are only available to persons who have become unemployed through no fault of their own, and are willing and able to accept full time work. Eligibility for unemployment benefits can only be determined once the claim is actually filed and facts are obtained from you and your former employer. Please refer to unemployment insurance rules and regulations.

    Job Search Requirements
    You will be required to make at least two new contacts for full time work each week, including the non payable waiting week. These contacts must be with employers not previously contacted. Employer contacts can include those made in person, by telephone, online, or by resumes that are faxed or emailed. If you do not make at least two new contacts during a given week, you may be denied benefits; however, the Department will evaluate your overall work search efforts during the week before making an eligibility determination.

    Can I attend school while receiving Utah unemployment benefits
    You can receive unemployment benefits if the Department determines your schooling or training does not interfere with your availability for full-time work. Under limited circumstances, school attendance that interfers with your availability for full-time work may also be approved.

    Can I extend unemployment benefits beyond the initial period?
    Yes, emergency Unemployment Compensation may be available. Please contact employment office for details. Do I pay for unemployment insurance out of my paycheck?
    No. Your employer, through quarterly unemployment insurance taxes, pays the costs for unemployment insurance. In Utah, employees do not contribute to the unemployment insurance fund.

    How will a part-time job affect my benefits?
    You must report any gross earnings for the week the work is performed, regardless of when you are paid. You can earn up to 30% of your weekly benefit amount and still receive the full weekly benefit amount. If you earn over 30% of your weekly benefit amount then a dollar for dollar deduction will be taken. However, if you earn an amount equal to or more than your weekly benefit amount, or work 40 hours or more, you will not be eligible for payment that week.

    If I resign or I am terminated from my job, will I be eligible to receive unemployment benefits?
    Generally, unemployment benefits are only available to persons who have become unemployed through no fault of their own, and are willing and able to accept full time work. Eligibility for unemployment benefits can only be determined once the claim is actually filed and facts are obtained from you and your former employer

    How will I receive my payments?
    The preferred method is Direct Deposit into your personal checking or savings account. You may also choose to receive payments on a Utah Debit Card, which works like a standard debit card. Payments by paper checks are no longer issued.

    When can I expect to receive my first payment?
    It can take up to four weeks to resolve any open issues and determine your eligibility. You will receive notification or payment once those issues have been resolved. The first eligible week of your claim is a non-payable waiting week.

    How will I receive my UI correspondence?

    You can receive your UI correspondence electronically when you agree to receive it through the Electronic Correspondence Center. You can receive your correspondence quicker than having it sent through the mail.

    If you agree to receive correspondence electronically, your UI correspondence will be sent to a secure electronic “mailbox” set up for you on this website. When correspondence is sent to your mailbox, UI will also send a courtesy notification to any e-mail address you provide. This notification will let you know you have mail in your mailbox.

    You may discontinue receiving your UI correspondence electronically by opting out at any time.



    What are the work search requirements to receive unemployment insurance?

    You will be required to make at least four new contacts for full time work each week, including the non payable waiting week. These contacts must be with employers not previously contacted. Employer contacts can include those made in person, by telephone, online, or by resumes that are faxed or emailed.

    If you do not make at least four new contacts during a given week, you may be denied benefits; however, the Department will evaluate your overall work search efforts during the week before making an eligibility determination.

    Note: You will be required to keep an accurate written record of all employer contacts and other work search efforts. The Department may request that record at anytime during your claim.



    What do I do when I have found a full-time job?

    When you find full time employment, you can close your claim by calling the Claims Center to report that you are back to work. You can also close your claim by simply not filing once you begin working. After three weeks of not filing weekly claims, the system will automatically close your claim.

    Note: You must reopen your claim in order to receive benefits if your claim is closed.



    What causes a claim to be closed?
    1. Four consecutive weeks of earnings equal to or more than your weekly benefit amount.
    2. No weekly claim filed within 27 days of the last week filed.


    Can I attend school or training and collect unemployment benefits?
    You can receive unemployment benefits if the Department determines your schooling or training does not interfere with your availability for full-time work. Under limited circumstances, school attendance that interfers with your availability for full-time work may also be approved.

    What is a Utah Debit Card?

    If you do not select Direct Deposit as your payment method you will be mailed a Utah Debit Card. The Utah Debit Card will be valid for any new claim you file for the next three years, so keep it in a safe place since you will be able to use it again if you file during that time. If you require a new card during that three-year time frame, you may be charged a replacement fee.

    You must contact Chase at 1-866-330-6828 if you have not yet received your Utah Debit Card or to report a lost or stolen card.



    Are unemployment benefits taxable?
    Unemployment benefits are subject to federal and Utah state income taxes. You may elect to have taxes withheld from your weekly benefit amount: 10 percent for federal taxes and 5 percent for state taxes.

    What happens if information is not reported accurately?
    Failure to report information accurately can cause overpayment of benefits. Knowingly or carelessly misreporting any information, including earnings, constitutes fraud. If you commit fraud, you will be subject to repayment of benefits up to twice the overpayment amount, disqualification, severe fines, and possible prosecution.

    What must be reported as earnings?
    Wages, tips, commission, gratuities, paid training, and holiday pay are all types of earnings that must be reported. Self-employment, Military Reserve, and National Guard wages must be reported as well.



Questions & Answers

  1. Tonya says:

    Can I file for unemployment benefits from a job I was fired from 2 years ago?

  2. Josephine says:

    This was the response provided to my request to obtain unemployment benefits:

    You were discharged from your job for absenteeism or tardiness after you failed to call in or report to work as scheduled.
    You were discharged from your job for just cause. Your conduct was within your control and was adverse to your employer’s rightful interests. You had knowledge of your responsibilities to your employer or your employer’s expectations and you knew or should have known the possible adverse effects of your conduct on your employer.
    Benefits are denied under Section 35A-4-405(2)(a) of the Utah Employment Security Act beginning 09/25/2016 and ending when you have earned wages in bona fide covered employment equal to at least six times your weekly benefit amount and you are otherwise eligible. To reopen your claim, you can file online at jobs.utah.gov, click on “Sign In” and “My Unemployment” or you can call the UI Claims Center. This reopening will be effective as of the week you reopen your claim. You will be notified separately of any other issues on your claim.

    ….What are my chances of appealing this decision to approved? Please advise.

  3. Lori Hanson says:

    I worked for a company for 8 years. 3 years part-time and 5 years full-time. I brought attention to my supervisors of some questionable actives of a (family relative) employee. They were disregarded. One year later when they discovered this employee has stolen thousands of dollars and had drained the company of substantial funds, I was laid off, because of “lack of funds”. 1 month later I was offered 10 hours a week at an hourly wage. I was a salaried employee. I am also a relative of one of the owners, but not related to the one that embezzled. Can I draw unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      You may explore the option of applying for partial unemployment benefits towards reduction in weekly hours.

  4. Lori Jessop says:

    After 13 years of excellent work that I provided to a company, I was fired based on unsubstantiated claims from a co-worker. This co-worker has already gotten 3 other employees fired over the past 2-3 years. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits? I have never claimed them before over 30 years of working.

    • Martin says:

      Well, your employer may contest when you apply. If you’re able to justify with documentary evidence in case of a dispute, please consider applying for UI benefits until you find a job.

  5. Amy Burton says:

    I work for a school district and I am out of work every summer. Do I qualify for any type of unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      Seasonal workers are generally not eligible.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  6. Erik Wilcken says:

    I am Self employed, but it is an oil company, and our revenues have declined 80% over the last 1.5 years. I can no longer live off of this, but haven’t found a job yet

    • Martin says:

      Self employed people do not qualify for Unemployment Insurance.

      Please check further with the Labor Authorities in your state.

  7. Daniel says:

    I do construction and it’s really slow this time of year. How do I file for partial unemployment. I found it once. It’s hard to find on the website. I called to find out and they just told me that I can do it all from the website. Didn’t tell me how.

  8. Cherrie Jensen says:

    My son was forced to quit his job, he was told he was going to be fired but if he quit on his own they would give him a job recommendation. It was his first real job and he had it for 3 years. Does he qualify for unemployment? He has been unable to find a job and it’s been over a month.

  9. Alexa says:

    Do you collect more of benefit if you have a dependent?

  10. kathy keeth says:

    Are you eligibly for benifits if you have been fired?

  11. Tad McDonald says:

    I am currently employed with a Company that is based in a another state and I am also from another State and the job is about to end and the company I am working for has no further employment opportunities for me.
    They have taken all the proper deductions out of my checks and I was wandering how to go about filing for unemployment benefits if my employer and myself are both from out of State. They took Fed and Utah State Income taxes along with S>S and medicare So do I file in Utah or what are my options? Thank You for your time and consideration

  12. Steffanie says:

    I was inquiring about if military spouse are eligible to receive unemployement benefits? My husband is being stationed in Virgina in July. If I am able to receive unemployement benefits when should I file a claim? Should I fill a claim once we move to Virginia or a few days before we move out of state.

  13. richard thompson says:

    Do I still need to apply at different jobs when I have been offered employment and am taking the job? But the job doesn’t start for a few weeks?

  14. Diane Mark says:

    I am currently employed and have been applying for jobs consistently for the past six months. I feel I am in an unethical work environment in which I am unfairly treated and am consistently asked to do more than others. I need to know what I specifically need to provide to learn if I am eligible for unemployment insurance.
    Thank you.
    Diane Mark

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