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Utah Unemployment Extension

Utah will sometimes participate in extended unemployment benefit programs that provide additional assistance to workers who have depleted their regular Utah unemployment insurance benefits. Typically, such programs are established to offer financial aid to jobless individuals when Utah’s economy is struggling.

Are Extended Benefits currently available in Utah?

As of 2023, there are no Extended Benefits available in Utah. Unemployed workers who apply for unemployment can receive 10 to 26 weeks of benefits, depending on how much they earned during their base period. You can use the Utah unemployment calculator to estimate your payment and the number of weeks you can receive benefits.

Utah Extended Benefit (EB) Program)

The extended benefits (EB) program is a collaborative effort between the federal government and individual states. Utah extended unemployment benefits automatically kick in once the unemployment rate for the preceding 13 weeks is a minimum of 5% and is 120% of the average rates for the same 13-week period in the two previous years.

During the implementation of the EB program, an extra 13 weeks of benefits are provided.

Qualifying claimants must continue to meet the state’s eligibility conditions, which include filing a weekly claim and meeting the work search requirements.

Utah Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program offers unemployment benefits to individuals who have lost their jobs due to a major disaster, as declared by the president of the United States.

To be eligible for this benefit, the applicant must have suffered an employment or self-employment loss directly resulting from the disaster, and they must not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits under any state or federal law.

CARES Act and American Rescue Plan

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was signed into law in March 2020 by President Donald Trump. Later, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Both laws created federal unemployment programs to provide emergency benefits to individuals who depleted their standard unemployment benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic. These extended benefit programs expired in September 2021 and are no longer available.

Federal unemployment programs included:

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

PUA was a temporary federal benefits program that was intended for people who were not qualified for state unemployment benefits, particularly self-employed individuals and the average gig worker.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

PEUC was an extended unemployment benefit program funded by the federal government and provided to individuals who depleted their state unemployment benefits. This program gave an extra 13 weeks of unemployment benefits in Utah.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) was the federal government’s stimulus payment of $300 per week for any individual who qualified for Utah unemployment insurance benefits.

Mixed Earnings Unemployment Compensation

The Mixed Earnings Unemployment Compensation program provided additional payment for people who lost both self-employment income and wages covered by unemployment insurance. Eligible Utahns received an extra $100 per week in federal unemployment benefits.

Utah ended its participation in these programs on June 26, 2021

  1. My unemployment has just exhausted. Now due to businesses closing for covid 19 social distancing, many are being helped with sculpted laws with emergency funding. Will people already relying on UI benefits be granted an extension? Because there is very little work available and more and more places are shutting doors.
    We, who lost our jobs under no fault of our own before the outbreak shouldn’t be left penny less because this pandemic surprised us as much as anybody else.

    • Mike,

      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.

  2. My unemployment benefits are about to end and I have not been able to obtain a job. Will I be able to apply for extended benefits? If so how long am I eligible and how do I file for them?

    • My unemployment benefits are about to expire in a little over a week an I able to sign up for extended unemployment benefits in utah

      • Valerie,

        The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    • Nicole,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  3. My unemployment benefits in Utah ran from the end of January 2015 to the end of July 2015. I just learned about this temporary federal EUC extension but I can’t figure out how to apply or if I qualify. Also, I moved to Maryland to stay with friends in early July. Do I apply in MD or UT and how do I apply? And if there’s been a break since my eligibility ran out, can I still apply?

  4. I opened my unemployment in March . I last filed on 6/20/2015. My daughter was in icu from 6/23/2015-7/17/2015. I was unable to file for these weeks but made my contacts. I got online 7/19/2015 and was told I had to reopen my case. I did so, I ask for a backdate of the weeks my daughter was in icu. I received a letter stating that my claim on 7/19/2015 could not be backdated. I don’t understand it… I asked for my old claim to be looked at they are saying it is my claim on 7/19/2015. Please help I have called every number only to be sent to someone else. I don’t think they listened to what I was saying. I will not get 3 weeks plus my waiting week to get payment! I have used all the money I had staying with my baby at the hospital. Please help me to find out what I can do. Thank you so much

    • Margaret,

      I can understand your situation. Since the claims process is automated, not sure if they will be able to consider your request for backdating. If you’re not able to get thru with the right person, please see if you can visit the nearest office.

  5. 12/28/2013 my claim ended and left my claim still had $2,000.00 in it, I was told I was not in tied tile to that money? boy it couldn’t hurt to bad about now! really! Please help me ! I need it,

    • Please call the customer service of the labor dept in your state for detailed information. We do not have access to your claims.

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