COVID-19 -- Unemployment Insurance
Note: President Trump signed four Presidential Memorandums on August 8, including one to offer enhanced unemployment insurance benefits by $400 per week with each state paying 25%, or $100, of this new benefit. The U.S. DOL is working on guidance for states, allowing each state to consider the cost and implementation guidelines
NOTE: The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation or additional $600 weekly stimulus payment program will expire on July 25, 2020. Any new or weekly claims filed after that date will no longer include this benefit.
The Department of Workforce Services continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, under the direction of the Governor’s Office. Below you will find information and resources regarding our services and COVID-19. Please check back regularly as these resources will continually be updated.
Individuals should apply for traditional unemployment benefits if they have an employer and
- have been laid off, temporarily furloughed, or have had their hours reduced, or
- are able and available (not showing any symptoms of COVID-19), but are unable to go to work because their place of employment has been quarantined, or
- are quarantined, but not showing symptoms, and will return to work.
- For more information, see the Unemployment Insurance- FAQ for Employees | Spanish
NOTE: If you are already receiving unemployment insurance benefits you do not need to apply.
Individuals should apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if they are not eligible for traditional unemployment but have lost income due to COVID-19 and
- are self-employed or working in the gig economy, or
- lack sufficient work history to qualify for traditional unemployment benefits, or
- are employed by an organization exempt from unemployment taxes, such as religious institutions, or
- have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have a member of their household that has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- For more information, see the Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Claims Process Overview | Spanish
- COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance- FAQ for Employees | Spanish
- Unemployment Insurance Claims Process Overview | Spanish
- Weekly Claims Process FAQ | Spanish
- Returning to Work FAQ for Employees | Spanish
- Use the “Am I Eligible?” feature to help determine which program to apply for. Claimants enter their Social Security number; if it comes back with an eligible monetary decision the claimant should apply for traditional unemployment insurance, ineligible decisions should apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
- Work Search FAQ for Employees | Spanish
- Temporary Layoff Virtual Workshop for Employees
- This online workshop | Spanish provides information on how to apply for unemployment insurance, what temporary financial assistance may be available and tips for finding a new job.
- To register, sign into ‘my Job Search’, and then find the date and time you want to sign up for in the calendar. Get step-by-step instructions | Spanish.
- American Sign Language (ASL) video: Employment and Community Resources Available at jobs.utah.gov
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- If you are unemployed as a direct result of Utah’s earthquake and aftershocks from March 18 to April 17, 2020, you may be eligible for the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. Learn more
- COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance- FAQ for Employers | Spanish
- Before considering closures or layoffs for your business, please visit our Rapid Response page | Spanish for guidance and more information on Pre-Layoff Services.
- Recruitment Support
- Small Business Loans (Payment Protection Program) and Bringing Employees Back
CARES Act Information
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed a federal stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Within this act are three benefits that unemployed individuals may be eligible for. See the FAQs below for more information.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
- This emergency benefit provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to those not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment, including the self-employed.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - FAQ | Spanish
- Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Claims Process Overview | Spanish
- Increased Unemployment Compensation Benefits