Utah Unemployment Calculator

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State Name: Utah

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Recent Questions

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To apply for Utah unemployment benefits click here

The most recent figures for Utah show an unemployment rate of 3.6%.

Non-Monetary Eligibility Requirements

You can collect benefits if you meet a series of legal eligibility requirements:

  • Have earned qualifying wages
  • Are unemployed through no fault of their own,
  • Are able and obtainable to work full-time and
  • Are keenly looking for full-time work

In addition to having adequate earnings, you must meet other eligibility benefits to be entitled for UI benefits. Some instances of issues that may influence eligibility for UI benefits comprise:

  • Reason for job separation
  • Proper weekly claim filing
  • School attendance
  • Self employment or corporate offices
  • Strike or labor disputes
  • Denial of a job offer
  • Alien status
  • School employee
  • Illness or injury
  • Professional athlete

More details on UI eligibility can be found in the unemployment eligibility article.

Monetary Eligibility Requirements

Qualifying Wages:

You must have worked at least two calendar quarters of your Base period, and have enough wages. Under the present Law, you may be eligible monetarily if you were paid wages in covered employment of at least $858.00 in the calendar quarter of your period in which your wages were the maximum and your total base period wages were no less than one and a half times the wages paid in that highest quarter.

For more information on Base Period and monetary determination refer unemployment eligibility article.

How long will I receive benefits:

Usually, most states permit an individual to obtain unemployment for a maximum of 26 weeks, or half the benefit the benefit year. A few states have standardized benefit duration, while most have different durations depending upon the worker. In a state with varied duration, it is probable that the benefit year may include less than 26 payable weeks.

The calculation is normally which us smaller: 26xWBA or 1/3 BPW. WBA is the Weekly Benefit Amount, so 26xWBA would be the regular week program. 1/3 BPW refers to the Base Period Wages, so if a person did not succeed to earn more than 3 times the standard benefit amount, they will be suitable for fewer weeks of coverage.

How much weekly benefit will I receive:

You can guess your Potential Benefits Online. Your weekly benefit amount and the number of weeks of entitlement to benefits are based on the wages you were paid and amount of time you worked during your base period. The weekly benefit amount is calculated by dividing the sum of the wages earned during the highest quarter of the base period by 26, rounded down to the next lower whole dollar. The result cannot exceed the utmost weekly benefit permitted by rule.

The base period is the term used to describe the time frame used as the basis for deciding whether or not you will be monetarily eligible for unemployment.

How are Benefits Calculated:

Once you make out how the unemployment are calculated, you will have a fair idea of how much you could receive per week or per benefit period if you were to lose your job. This is significant when you think taking unemployment or searching another job.

Unemployment is computed and one half of what your weekly pay was at the time of the discharge up to your state's maximum benefit. You will have to verify with your state's unemployment office to see what the highest payout for your state is. For further details refer unemployment benefits article.

Recently Asked 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.

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