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Utah Unemployment Eligibility

In general, unemployment insurance benefits are paid to eligible workers who meet the following requirements.

Non Monetary Eligibility

  • Unemployed through no fault of your own
  • Are able and available to work full-time
  • Are actively seeking full-time work
  • Have registered for job placement assistance with the Department of Workforce Services and also at the Employment Center closest to you.
  • Have quit or get fired for “a good cause”

Monetary Eligibility

Following are the criteria you must meet to qualify monetarily for the Utah UC

  • A claimant must have earned at least $3,700 during the base period. Also, a claimant’s wages must be at least 1 ½ times the highest quarter of wages during the base period
  • If a claimant does not have 1 ½ times the high quarter wages in the base period, he/she may still qualify by using Alternate Base Period, which is the most recently completed 4 calendar quarters

Normally, you will receive a “Notice of Monetary Determination” within three weeks from the date you file your claim for unemployment benefits. This notice includes the wages reported by your base period employer(s), your weekly benefit amount and number of weeks of unemployment benefits you may receive if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Questions

Can I collect unemployment if I get fired in Utah?

Regardless of how you left your job, you can always file for unemployment benefits. Whether you’ll get those benefits is another story. Unemployment benefits are designed to help those who lost their jobs through reasons beyond their own control. Generally, fired employees can only get unemployment benefits if they can prove your termination was wrongful or against labor laws. In many cases, you’ll have to prove your case during a claims investigation or appeals process.

Can I draw unemployment if I am laid off?

To collect unemployment benefits, it can’t be your fault that you’re out of work. If you were laid off because the company wanted to save money or eliminate positions, you should be eligible for benefits.

When you get laid-off, it is not your fault. Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something wrong. It simply means that the company in which you worked doesn’t have enough work and could no longer afford to pay you for the job.

Once you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

What happens to my unemployment if I quit voluntarily?

A separation is considered voluntary if the claimant was the moving party in ending the employment relationship.  A voluntary separation includes leaving existing work, or failing to return to work after:

a)     an employer attached layoff which meets the requirements for a deferral

b)     a suspension, or

c)      a period of absence initiated by the claimant.

Failing to renew an employment contract may also constitute a voluntary separation.

Two standards must be applied in voluntary separation cases: good cause and equity and good conscience.  If good cause is not established, the claimant’s eligibility must be considered under the equity and good conscience standard.

Some of the examples of reasons for quitting are:

  1. Reduction of Hours
  2. Leaving to Attend School
  3. Religious Beliefs
  4. Health or Physical Condition
  5. Discrimination

For more information click here.

Can a claimant attend school or training while on UC?

In general, attending school or training is a direct conflict to one of the primary eligibility rules for UC. As per the rules, a claimant must be available and ready for full time work. This gets negated if you start attending school or training. Evening class are an exception to this.

However, if the department decides that the schedules for your school or training sessions do not interfere with your availability or readiness for work, you may be allowed to attend school. In some cases, the department will itself recommend that you attend training to enhance your skills. In such cases, claimants can attend training or school.

If I move to another state, will it affect my eligibility to continue collecting unemployment insurance in Utah?

You can continue to file against Utah, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

  1. You must change your address/phone number immediately by logging in at and selecting “This is you and the above information is NOT correct”. Or you can contact the Unemployment Insurance Claims Center. Payments may be delayed if you do not report your current address.
  2. You must register for work in that state within three business days so that state may assist you in your work search.
  3. You will still be required to keep an accurate record of all employer contacts and the information can be requested at any time.
  4. You are required to notify the Claims Center if you travel or move to a location outside the United States.

More Questions?? Read Eligibility Q & A Section

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  1. I got fired recently and got approved for unemployment but the industry I’m in is small enough that it is easier to start my own business than try to find another job. Am I eligible for unemployment if I am working daily to create my own full time business?

    • Hi, Tori – in some cases, it is possible to collect partial unemployment benefits, even if you are working part-time or freelancing. You should connect with someone in the Utah unemployment office to discuss the specifics of your case. If you are eligible to continue collecting unemployment benefits while working toward your own business, you’ll need to report the work you’re doing each week as part of your weekly claims, and your benefit amount may be reduced accordingly.

  2. I was recently laid off. I will get a one-time severance payment sometime soon. Will I be eligible for unemployment after that payment comes through? Can I file now before I receive that payment?

    • Hi, Jenny – Under Utah law, a former employee is not eligible for unemployment benefits “[f]or any week with respect to which the claimant is receiving, has received, or is entitled to receive” severance payments, vacation payments, or other leave payments. So if, for example, you receive two months’ severance, you will not be eligible for unemployment benefits until after two months have passed.

  3. I work as a paraprofessional but I don’t have work in the summer months dos that make me eligible for UI?

    • Hi, Sue – in general, those who work in seasonal roles are not eligible for unemployment insurance during their off-season.

  4. I quit my job with two months notice on February 1st. 2020 to prepare my home for sale, then find a job more locally so my wife and I could move in with my mom (78yr old widow)who is suffering from dementia. I’m an industrial electrician and have always been able to obtain employment quickly. In the beginning of January 2020 I caught covid, but didn’t know what it was. It had not hit the news yet. Over it in mid January and went back to work for two weeks before I was going to quit. Because of the hysteria I decided not to make the visit with my mom to tell her the news for another month. Well things went horribly wrong with my plan of moving in with her. She was adamant that she was fine and didn’t need any help. I didn’t know what to do. I tried to get unemployment and was denied. Figured, no biggie I’ll just get another job close to home and deal with my mom as things progress. Well, a couple more months went by with no job offers, thanks to the covid confusion, so I decided to file an appeal on my unemployment judgement. I explained everything as best as I could to the judge and was denied again for failing to appeal within the allotted amount of time. Why would I be treated as if I had done anything wrong? I was sure my case had plenty of merit to be considered in good conscience. I’m still struggling to straighten out all the problems that came from this lack of compassion. I couldn’t control the way my mom did react and the pandemic and the fact that the economy was in a tailspin. Of all the people who didn’t deserve the benefit help, i got slapped

    • John,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, the law does not consider personal reasons for losing employment. UI benefits are only offered to claimants who loses employment due to involuntary reasons.

  5. I am going to school that is paid for by the VA. It is out of state, would I still be able to collect unemployment?

  6. I quit my previous job for more income in January 28 th started my new job on February 3 was let go March 21st. My net income during that time was 6280.00 from the employee that let me go. I got a response of pending denial cause I quit my job in January for this higher paying job. I met the criteria on earnings during this time. I’m confused and upset especially during this time.

  7. What if I havent had steady employment for the last 15 months and I get laid off due to the corona virus? Am I eligible for unemployment?

    • Jason,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  8. If my business is temporarily shutdown by the government as a result of the Coronavirus, are my employees able to apply for unemployment with the State of Utah? Is there any requirement that I continue to pay my employees during the shutdown?

    • Negin,

      Nearly all states have activated emergency funds in the backdrop of the COVID-19 situation. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  9. If my employer doesn’t have work going on 4 weeks, when I as hired for full time work 6 mos ago, can I apply for UI due to basically being temporarily laid off?

  10. Question: If I was terminated due to performance issues and the company gave me a severance package as well as mentioned they would not contest my unemployment application, would Utah state consider that as a “firing”? And deny me unemployment benefits?
    The company I worked for feels I should appeal the decision.

    • Tina,

      UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Not sure if you stand a chance. If your employer says, they wouldn’t contest, you can consider appealing.

  11. My daughter was put on probation at her job because they thought she was padding her time sheet. There was no proof either way since it was so far in the past, so they could not fire her. She made a mistake on an invoice that was caught before it was mailed to a customer. She was fired for making a mistake while on probation and told they would fight her on the unemployment since they felt she owed them money on the “padded” time sheets. If she does file for unemployment, what type of proof is required on the part of the employer to deny paying benefits? She was not fired for the reason they say they will fight the unemployment claim. How does that all work

    • Wendy,

      If your daughter thinks she has a strong case with supporting documentation/evidence, please ask her to file for Unemployment. The employer might dispute the claim and she may be asked to prove her stance.

  12. My position at my job has been eliminated. I have been offered a severance package equal to one weeks pay for each year of employment with the company which is 10 years This will be paid to me in one lump sum. Will I be eligible for UI emediatly after I receive the payment or will I be required to wait the 10 week before receiving UI. Also should I apply for UI immediately after my employment ends or after I receive the severance payment.

  13. What happens if i put in a 2 week notice and leave for a new employer but has not reached out to me and they denied my employment on my first day, would i qualify for benefits because i left my old employer?

  14. I have had my job as an office manager for 6 years. 2 years ago my workplace was bought out. I have a full time 40 hr a week full benefits position. I just found out that they are reducing my job to a seasonal part time 25 hr a week 30 weeks a year position with no benefits. Can I collect unemployment? I feel this is a move that they are making to force me out.

    • Alison,

      If it’s a temporary reduction, you might be eligible to claim partial UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office.

  15. I was working for a school district and doing consultation part time since september 2017. Come november director asks me to come on full time salary with benefits. I accept in January 2018 and february 20 am told salary model is going away and hourly will replace it. Then i met with hr to discuss an issue with a director over 15 hours weekly/multiole clients and am put on hourly a month before other consultants and taken of that case load effectively cutting my hours to 20 per week. Half time. This is insult to injury as i left a salaried teaching position with the promise of salary and full time. Now i am cut way beck and i cant afford their health insurance. I have 4 kids. We were buying a house and now my process to be board certified is slowed way down. Not sure what to do. I feel like i should sue. Too busy surviving now.

  16. I have applied for unemployment benefits, but they won’t start until after my severance is used up which I received from my previous employer (2 months from now). Do I still need to file weekly claims during the next 2 months in order to be eligible for UI (if I’m still unemployed) once the severance period is over?

    • Ben,

      You will only start claiming weekly payments once it’s been approved. Please call the Claims Center for further instructions.

  17. I have been with my employer for nearly seven years. The company is being sold with new ownership coming in. I have been asked to stay in my position as manager. My current boss feels like the new owners may cut my wages. Do you think I would qualify for UI if I leave my position?

    • I am not sure if you can claim on these grounds. Please call the Unemployment Office before making a decision on your employment.

  18. I had worked for a company in a contract for 4 months.And right now I have been trying to get a full-time job since last 2 and half months.
    and before that, I was a full-time employee in one of the company for 2 years and 2 months. So, am I eligible to apply for unemployment benefits in Utah?
    will you please email me or can you give the number so that I can ask these questions?

    • Sharati,

      Contract workers are generally not eligible to receive UI benefits since employers do not remit related taxes into the system. You may call the Unemployment Office in your state to get precise answers to all your questions.

  19. Our company is merging with another Company and I was told they will not need me, I will be getting a severance package but it is only for a few weeks. Can I get Unemployment when I leave?

  20. I quit my very stressful job because I never got a lunch or any breaks. I didn’t submit my own time, my boss did (I was hourly). I worked 9 hours every day and got paid for 8 because she didn’t want to get in trouble for me working overtime. On top of that I was required to bring home a company cell phone and was required to answer it and only got paid for the time I was on it (2-3 minutes a call). No consideration of the fact that I was always “on call”. I didn’t have any time off. Can I receive unemployment benefits?

    • Amy,

      If you’re able to prove your stance with documentary evidence about a stressed work environment, you can be eligible.

  21. I started my job last Dec . Now it’s end of August . I was doing scheduling and appointments and marketing from home and was paid a set amount every two weeks. They never had me sign any papers or had my social . They set me up a company email. Suddenly they said it was slow and let me go. Am I eligible for unemployment?

    • If you feel it was not an issue related to performance, you can be eligible.

      Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  22. I’m moving to Guam next year due to a military PCS (mil spouse). Would anyone be able to tell me when I should apply for UI benefits? Also is there a written rule on when I’d be able to leave to prepare for the move? An example is that SC requires you to work until 15days prior to the PCS to qualify for benefits. Thanks.

    • You can be eligible to apply for UI benefits as a military spouse. Since each state has specific rules in this regard, please call the Unemployment Office to get precise answers to your questions.

  23. I currently work as a teacher at a charter school. The teaching contract is per year and I was informed that I was not asked to return to teach in August. Contractually I will receive my salary through the end of August. This was not an immediate job loss, just asked not to return the next school year. There are other teachers in this situation as well. Will I qualify for unemployment benefit? How do I know if my school has paid into the unemployment tax? If I am qualified for unemployment, when should I apply since I will still be receiving a salary through the end of August?

    • As you said, you will only qualify if your employer has paid Unemployment Taxes. You can find out by talking to someone from the HR department in your school.

  24. I have been with a company for 8 months now. I’m due to have a baby at the end of this month they are requiring me to put in my 2 week LOR because I’m not eligible for maternity leave due to the state law. I’m curious if I have to put in my 2 weeks notice due to these circumstances is there anyway I’m eligible for unemployment?

    • Unfortunately, you will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  25. How long does an employee have to work with a company for the company to be responsible for unemployment? Is there a time(days) requirement?

    • I am not really sure if such a condition exists. Please contact the Unemployment Office since this can be state specific.

      • I work manufacturing and starting December 23-31 they are going to be rebuilding a machine leaving us with no work, could I qualify for unemployment for that time that there’s no work for me?

        • Savannah,

          Seasonal workers are generally not eligible to claim UI benefits due to the nature of their work. Please check further on the Unemployment Office’s official website.

  26. One of our employees quit to go and work at another place. He left and worked for the other place for a month and a half. Then the other place fired him. We just got a notice that he has applied for unemployment and that we are responsible for $13,000 in unemployment insurance payments. Are we liable for this? He quit and went to work immediately for the other job and then was fired by them. Would the entity that fired him be responsible for the unemployment insurance payments?

    • Ideally, his previous employer should be paying. I am not sure how the onus falls on your company.

      Please call the office on the phone numbers provided for further details.

  27. My husband works for a contractor for fed ex. He called in sick for the first time in the 3yrs he has been with them. Ever since then he hasnt worked for going on 2weeks. He keeps calling him off due to a couple trucks being broke down. They keep telling him they will get him some work tomorrow and hasnt called him to update him. We think they are trying to get him to quite so they dont have to provide unemployment. Would he quality for unemployment even if he hasnt technically quit or got fired?

    • He will not be eligible unless he is technically separated from the job.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire further.

  28. I’m a 1099 “independent contractor” working for only one company and farmed out to their client. I am paid an hourly wage. Work is supplied and directed by them, travel to clients paid for by them, but work offsite and had to buy my own computer, would I be eligible for UI if I got laid off?

    • Contractors are generally not eligible to claim UI benefits since employers’ do not remit relevant taxes.

      Please check with your employer/contact the Unemployment Office in your state.

  29. I have a question about unemployment. What if someone on unemployment took a job, however after starting learned that the responsibilities and duties are dramatically different than what was explained in the interview? If the individual quits due to being mislead, could they continue to file for unemployment until they find suitable work?

    • This is a tricky situation. If you leave voluntarily, you will not be eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to confirm before deciding.

  30. Hello. My employer has failed to make payroll by over a week for the second time in two months. I have not been fired but at some point I cannot continue to wait and see if I get paid. Currently I am on business day 7 past when payroll should have processed. At what point am I considered to be unemployed for non-payment of agreed wages on agreed schedule?

    • You will only be considered “Unemployed” if you’re officially separated from the job with proof.

      Some states do let you apply for UI benefits under such circumstances. Please call the Unemployment Office.

      • “You will only be considered “Unemployed” if you’re officially separated from the job with proof.”

        Thanks for the feedback Martin.
        So it sounds like perhaps my employer is sneakily trying to get us to just go away without UI benefits by not officially firing us. I don’t know his intent but if he can do that and get away with it then something is wrong with the system fundamentally.

        • Perhaps, you can speak to the representatives from the Unemployment Office and see what they say.

          Best Wishes!

  31. Are military spouses eligible for Unemployment benefits due to a PCS? Also what are the guidelines if you are PSCing overseas?

    • Yes, they are. Each state has specific rules in this regard. You may call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details.

  32. I am over 60 and have recently been laid off due to my section being shut down. I have worked for the company for 28 years. I have a High school diploma and work experience. I would like to go back to school to get my certification in my job field to better my chance of a higher paying job. Can I still collect unemployment while going to school? Is there specific schools I would have to apply to? I wouldn’t be able to go to school and work.

    • If you leave your job to get back to school, you may not be eligible to claim Unemployment Compensation. Having said this, there are certain listed courses and still draw UI benefits. For further details, explore the official website of the Unemployment Office or call them.

  33. my employer is writing me up fir not hitting my sales quota. I am trying but I’m probably going to be short again this month. Can I get unemployment benefits if they end up firing me for missing quota again?

    • UI benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. Performance is considered voluntary and therefore, you will not qualify.

  34. I will be laid off because my company lost a big contract. I have only worked there 6 months. am I eligible for unemployment?

    • In order to be eligible to claim UI benefits, you should have considerable employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Losing your last job involuntarily is fine as long as eligibility is concerned.

      Please use the ‘Benefits Calculator’ on this website to determine eligibility.

  35. I have been at my current job now for a year and a half as a salaried employee. When I was hired I was told I would have an assistant to help me with daily job tasks but after two months I notified my employer that the individual was not qualified or capable to do the job so I would require an assistant with experience of some sort. I was notified that they would do what they could to help me. Since then he has also remained on salary but only having to work 40 to 45 hours a week whereas I have been working as little as 60 and as much as 70 per week. I have had to be put on blood pressure medication and my dosage increased once in 2 months. I have been trying to find a differnt job for almost 2 months with no luck as I live in a small town with only seasonal work 3 months ago he hired an individual to be my assistant yet he has absolutely no experience in this field whatsoever and it just so happens that it is my employers brother. Now I am not only required to do my job as I was before but now I am having to train this individual which adds an even heavier workload. to do the job requires me to work between 12 to 15 hours a day and come in for 3 hrs of meetings on my day off. I feel as if I am trapped and don’t know what to do.

    • Steve,

      I can understand your frustration. You can be eligible to claim UI benefits under “Hostile” working conditions. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state and seek further help in this regard.

  36. I work at a company that is a government contract and I am a contracted employee. Would I qualify for unemployment if I am laid off?

    • Contracted employees do not generally qualify for UI benefits .

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further clarification.

  37. I work for a daycare, the director and ceo have been threatening to not cut our checks if we don’t do what they want without complaints. It’s a hostile work environment and has been causing me severe anxiety just to be there… if I was to quit would I be able to qualify for unemployment?

  38. I have been collecting unemployment for a month and a half. Since then, I have started my own consulting. I got a client but our kick off meeting is two weeks away. I have started doing some work to prep for this kick off. Can I continue to collect unemployment until the kick off?

    • You should be able to. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details in this regard.

  39. I work for a high school as an independent contractor doing security this is my last week am I elegable for unemployment during the summer break even if I have a call back date?

    • Well, contracted workers and seasons jobs are both not eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  40. I’ve worked for a retail store for 9 yrs but transfer last year to Utah and I worked for a year with them full time and I am now getting my hours cut down to 30 a week if I voluntary quit for this reason to look for a ft job can I receive unemployment ?

    • Well, if you voluntarily quit, you will not be eligible. Instead, apply for partial unemployment benefits to cover up for the hours cut.

  41. I had to undergo heart surgery and ran out of fmla, so I lost my job. I am now able to work full time but with limited physical activities. my last job of 20 years said they would hire me back but unfortunately I cant because it was mostly physical and I will have to do desk work or something like that now, but I have no experience. Will I be denied unemployment because of not being able to seek the work I am trained in? I am going back to tech school to finish up a IT class I am more then halfway done with and it will not interfere with my job looking or taking on a job, since I can switch to evening if I have to.

    • You will only be denied if you do not make the required job searches. Does not have to be in your domain I guess.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  42. My husband and I both work full time day jobs and have 2 children under the age of 10. He put in a request to work on the night shift so we have someone to watch our children during summer break but they have denied it because there are no longer any open positions for that shift (he works with a staffing agency through them so he got last pick). We make too much to qualify for childcare assistance but don’t have enough after bills to pay for daycare/nanny. One of us will have to quit and find an alternate job because there is no one to watch our children. My husband has been looking and applying for other ones but is struggling because they refuse to hire him due to his military schooling credits not providing him with an actual degree/paper. If/when he quits, will he qualify for unemployment or is it a case by case basis? (State of UT).

    • Your husband will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Unfortunately personal reasons such as yours are not considered.

  43. I am a federal employee in TN, live and work…. In the past few years I have filed in Utah, this was the last state I worked for a non-Fed employer. Last time I worked for the State of Utah was June 2013. I called today and was told I am NOT eligible b/c I hadn’t worked in Utah for the last 18 months. The last time I filed in Nov 2014, I was told I was eligble for Utah unemployment until my benefit $$ ran out. Thoughts?

    • If you do not have the required amount of employment or if your benefits from Utah has exhausted, you will not qualify.

      To be eligible, one needs to have the required duration of employment in the preceding months.

  44. I have worked for a school since August 2015. Coming to the summer the school will close for the summer. I was a paraprofessional (Teacher’s Aid). I was curious to know if I would qualify since I won’t be working during the summer since the school is out for the summer.

  45. If I didn’t qualify for FMLA and my employer termed me due to a medical leave can I apply for benefits when I’m released to work.

    • Medical issues are generally not considered. You may not qualify.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  46. Can an employee file for unemployment if they have only worked for a company for a couple of week?

    If they are granted unemployment will it impact the current employer or can it impact former employers?


    • TO qualify for Unemployment Insurance, the claimant need to have active employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

  47. My employer is changing the time I am required to be to work. It is in conflict with commitments I already have in place. Am I eligible for Unemployment Compensation?

    • IF you have a written agreement with your employer with regard to the timings that was changed, you can be eligible.

  48. I am working for a dental office that wants me to quit so they have cut down my hours. I had a stable job till about mid October of last year then I quit and I started working another job a month later but I quit that one as well. I started at this dental office in November and now they want me to quit. Could I file for unemployment?

    • If you’re laid off due to no fault of your own and your employer pays the relevant taxes on your behalf, you can qualify.

  49. What if your transportation situation changed abrubtly and you had to resign from your job? but you did make enough to be eligible? is that “good cause”? because it could be argued that one could have taken public transit, but what if your job required tools ( nail gun, hoses, Air compressor etc)?

    • Depends on how your state sees it. If you’ve not made enough during the base period, you may not qualify.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  50. I feel very used at my job and it seems that I am required to do things others are not required to do. I want to look for another job but the hours I work not all over the place without consistency (once again, mine is the only schedule like this within the organization.) I feel like just because I am the only single, unattached (no kids, no regulations), employee that my boundaries and requests are excused and unacceptable. If I quit to find better employment (or perhaps go back to school) would I be able to get unemployment?

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