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Utah Unemployment Insurance Claims and Benefits

Updated : September 23rd, 2020

Unemployment insurance is the temporary financial assistance provided by the state unemployment agencies to the eligible unemployed or part time workers. Claimants should be unemployed through no fault of their own and must be either looking for full time work, in approved training, or awaiting call letter or unemployment.

Utah Eligibility Criteria

Losing job won’t be the sufficient condition to receive unemployment insurance benefits. There are some additional criteria you should meet to be eligible to receive the compensation. Here are those conditions:

  • You must be partially or absolutely unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • You must be a US citizen or legally authorized to work in the US.
  • You must have sufficient earnings in the base period to establish a monetary entitlement.
  • You must have worked and was paid wages for employment in at least two of the base period quarters that are being used.
  • You must have earned at least $3200 in total wages in the base period and earned 1.5 times the high quarter. If you do not have 1 1/2 times your high quarter wages in your current base period, you may qualify under the same conditions by using your Alternate Base Period, which would be the most recent four completed calendar quarters.
  • You must have a valid Utah claim.
  • You must file a weekly claim.
  • You must be able and available for full-time work.
  • You must be willing to actively seek full-time work in the US.
  • You must reside in the United States.
  • Officials of Utah Unemployment Insurance Agency will obtain necessary information from you and your employer and will determine your eligibility for benefits.

Source of Utah’s Unemployment Insurance

Funding source for unemployment insurance compensation is benefited from the quarterly unemployment insurance taxes paid by employers. Employees need not pay or contribute any fund for the unemployment insurance fund.

Filing Your Claim

Utah Dept. of Unemployment Services expects employers to report all wages paid to each employee on a quarterly basis. Unemployment tax is not assessed on wages that exceed the annual wage base; on the other hand, the employer must report all wages paid to them regularly.

Every business must complete a Status Report, Form 1, which informs them of whether they are subject to state unemployment tax and allows them to register their business. If subject to taxes, the employer files his/her reports on Forms 3 and 3H — Employer’s Contribution Report and Employer’s Quarterly Wage List, respectively.

First and foremost, visit the official website of the Utah Department of Workforce Services and click on the option File New- for new claim or Reopen Claim option to renew the UI benefit.

Online application page has got four sections. Click on continue to begin the procedure of filling the application from personal information section. After you complete every section, you can’t go back and make any changes, so be conscious while filling the form.

Wait at least two weeks before contacting anyone if you do not receive your unemployment check; sometimes it takes that long to  process your requests. You can call 801-526-WORK (9675) with any questions regarding your claim.

Duration of Utah Unemployment Benefit

A formula is used to determine benefits amount based on your earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Multiply your total wages for insured work paid during the base period by 27%, disregarding any fractions of $1 and divide by your weekly benefit amount, disregarding any fractions. The result will be a preliminary determination of the number of weeks you are entitled to receive benefits. Utah has a minimum of 10 weeks and a maximum of 26 weeks of regular benefits.

Utah Weekly Benefit Amount

The highest quarter during your base period divided by 26 determines the benefit amount you will receive per week of unemployment, up to a maximum of $467 for new claims.

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  1. If I’m laid off and I go back to work for three or four weeks and get laid off again do I have to do the one week waiting period before I can collect again?

  2. I was informed by the automated phone system that my claim for last week 06/12/2021 was not processed due to an outstanding issue on said claim. I have tried for four days to reach a human to assist me in this matter. It’s been impossible! Please help.

    1. Anne,

      Wish we could do something for you. This is a private forum. Please continue following up regularly. You can perhaps write them an email.

  3. I am trying to request payments from aug 2015 up until 2017 I never received a debit card and just assumed that I was denied. So i did not request payment but would like to now

    1. Katrina,

      That period is past and you might not be able to claim retroactively. Please write the office an email if you wish to.

  4. Ive provided documents that were needed and i have not receive any type of response i have went without benefits for 6 weeks could someone please contact me

    1. Sondra,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim. Please follow up with the office directly.

  5. To whom it may concern, Please what is wrong with the site to claim weeks? I am at the Career Source and they said it has been acting up for 2 days. I am frustrated so I can imagine how many others are like me. I was laid off 4/16/2021. My UI is showing active but still under review. Is there anything you need from me to get this going? I will give it to you. Please July rent coming up. I am tapped from asking from family to get me thru now. Please please please any answers for me? I am begging right now. I can not be late on rent or they will not renew my lease when it is time. I can not move, to costly. I have been here for 20 years. Please any suggestions. I will pay back July rent if my UI goes thru. No reason why it shouldn’t. Please help. Thanks again, Kay

    1. Kay,

      It must be a tough time for you. This is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim. Please chase the Office directly.

  6. I just filed for my first weeks benefit and am trying to change the payment method. It does not give me the verify who you are questions?

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