Utah Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Utah General Unemployment Benefit Program Requirements

To be eligible for unemployment benefits in Utah, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have earned at least $4,800 in wages during your base period.
  • Your total base period earnings must be at least 1.5 times the wages you earned in your highest quarter during your base period.
  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • You must be able and available for full-time work.
  • You must be actively seeking full-time work.

Your base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. For example, if you file a claim in November 2023, your base period would be July 2022 through June 2023.

If you do not qualify using earnings in your base period, you may qualify using an alternate base period. The alternate base period is the most recent four completed calendar quarters.

To be considered unemployed through no fault of your own, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own. This means that you cannot have been fired for misconduct or quit your job voluntarily without good cause.

To be considered able and available for work, you must be physically and mentally able to work full-time and you must be available to work full-time. This means that you cannot be enrolled in school full-time or have any other commitments that would prevent you from working full-time.

To be considered actively seeking work, you must be making regular and reasonable efforts to find a new job. This means that you should be submitting applications, attending job interviews, and networking with potential employers.

If you meet all of the eligibility requirements, you can file an unemployment claim online or by calling the Utah Department of Workforce Services at 1-800-357-9675.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about unemployment benefit eligibility in Utah:

  • If you are partially unemployed, you may still be eligible for benefits. You are considered partially unemployed if you work less than 35 hours per week and your earnings are less than your weekly benefit amount.
  • If you are receiving severance pay or other payments from your former employer, you may still be eligible for benefits. However, your weekly benefit amount may be reduced by the amount of these payments.
  • If you are self-employed, you are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • If you are a student, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you meet the other eligibility requirements. However, you must be actively looking for work that is not related to your education.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for unemployment benefits in Utah, you can contact the Utah Department of Workforce Services for assistance.tunesharemore_vert

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