Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Letters tell unemployed of extended benefits

unemployment insurance benefits

Letters notifying more than 16,000 Utahns that they may be eligible for an additional 14 weeks of emergency unemployment compensation were mailed out Monday by the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

The additional compensation became available Friday when President Obama signed legislation that extended the benefit at a time when the national unemployment rate climbed to 10.2 percent, the highest in a quarter century.

Curt Stewart, spokesman for the state agency that administers the unemployment insurance program in Utah, said this latest extension of federal benefits means that unemployed workers are eligible for a total of 73 weeks of compensation: the original 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits and, now, 47 weeks of extra federal aid.

Unemployment Insurance Director Bill Starks says people who receive the letters should file for the extended benefits at

Claims also may be made by telephone to one of four state unemployment insurance centers: 801-526-4400 in Salt Lake and south Davis counties; 801-612-0877 in Weber and north Davis counties; 801-375-4067 in Utah County; and 888-848-0688 for other parts of Utah and from out-of-state.