Utah Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Utah, you may be eligible for Utah Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Utah unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.

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Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Utah workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim online from Sunday - Saturday 2:00am to 10:45pm
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim from Sunday - Saturday 2:00am to 10:45pm by calling:


801-526-4400 Salt Lake and South Davis Counties
801-612-0877 Weber and North Davis Counties
801-375-4067 Utah County
888-848-0688 Other Utah counties


File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, occupation, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
  • Name and number of your union hall, if applicable
  • Utah Driver's License or State ID

After filing your initial unemployment claim, you will receive a Notice of Monetary Determination, describing benefits, eligibility and giving additional information.

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Utah weekly unemployment benefits are based on approximately 50% of your average weekly earnings, with a maximum of $451 per week. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

  1. Online – File your weekly unemployment claim online from Sunday - Saturday 2:00am to 10:45pm
  2. Telephone – File your weekly unemployment claim from Sunday - Saturday 2:00am to 10:45pm by calling:


801-526-4400 Salt Lake and South Davis Counties
801-612-0877 Weber and North Davis Counties
801-375-4067 Utah County
888-848-0688 Other Utah counties


Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

You should expect your first unemployment payment within 3 weeks. Weekly benefits are paid to a debit card or direct deposit to your account. You should expect payment availability within 2 business days after approval and release by the Utah Department of Workforce Services.


Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Utah workers may be eligible for online career assistance.


Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.


Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


FAQ:

Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

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