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Filing an Unemployment Claim – Utah


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n 1. Am I eligible to receive benefits?n

You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the week in which you file your application for benefits, or alternatively the last 4 quarters). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.

n 2. How do I apply for benefits in Utah?n

You can apply online.

n 3. How much will I receive?n

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 $496.

n 4. How long will I receive these benefits?n

If you are eligible for benefits, the number of weeks of regular benefits you may receive will range from 10 to 26.

n 5. After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?n

You must file weekly claims online, be able to work, and be available for work. Utah suggests that you should contact four employers each week to be actively seeking work, and if you fail to contact this number of employers, you may be denied benefits for that week. You must keep a record of your work search contacts, and forms to help you with this can be found in the Claimant Handbook. Also, you are required to complete all ten steps of the work registration for job placement assistance with the Department of Workforce Services. Finally, you must accept suitable work, and report any wages made.

n 6. I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?n

An appeal must be in writing, and it may be submitted by fax, by mail, or online. You must continue to file for weekly benefits, as you will only be paid benefits for the weeks you filed if you win your appeal.

n 7. For more information on Utah’s unemployment insurance laws:n

Visit the State of Utah Website

Read the Claimant Handbook