How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Utah?

There is no minimum amount of time or wages an employer has to meet in order to qualify under unemployment compensation.

To qualify for UI in UT, you must have worked during a minimum of two quarters in the base period.

Your total base period earnings must be at least 1.5 times your HQW and at least 8% of UT’s average annual wages (AAW).

UT’s AAW is $42,740.

8% of this is $3,419.

Therefore, your total base period earnings must be at least $3,500 and your HQW must be at least $2,400.

Texas offers an alternate base period, which considers the last four completed calendar quarters of the base period (instead of the first four). An extended base period is offered to those who received worker’s compensation during the regular base period, file an UI claim within 90 days of being cleared for work, and file an UI claim within 36 months of being injured/disabled. For those who qualify, the base period is extended to the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters preceding the date of being disabled/injured.

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