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Utah Unemployment Job Search Requirements

Your obligation while receiving unemployment benefits is to become re-employed and you should develop a realistic plan to achieve this objective. A primary component of your re-employment plan will be to contact employers. Unless an Utah Unemployment Insurance representative instructs otherwise, you are required to make a good faith effort to seek full-time work each week that you claim benefits, even if you are employed part-time or attend school.

A claimant must make at least 4 work contacts in a week as per the eligibility rules in the state of Utah. A report must also be prepared on the week’s work search and other related activity. This report must be produced as and when requested by the authorities. The report should contain information about the employers you contacted in a given week.

This would include:

  • Date of contact
  • Company’s name
  • Address, telephone number, e-mail and fax numbers of the company/ employer
  • Position applied for
  • Method of contact
  • Outcome of contact

Failure to provide this information may result in a denial of benefits, delayed payment, or possible overpayments and penalties.

In addition to your four new job contacts each week, further activities that will enhance your prospects of finding work include: writing resumes, visiting employers’ web sites, networking, contacting private or church employment agencies or visiting a DWS Employment Center. Your efforts must reflect a genuine desire to obtain employment immediately. As your period of unemployment continues, you must expand your work search to include work at lower rates of pay.

  1. I have been furloughed by the Federal Aviation Administration in Salt Lake City, UT. I was told that I would not be payed and not to come to work. I earned over $100,000 per year until September 30, 2013. It has now been one week since my last work day. Am I eligible for unemployment compensation from the State of Utah?

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