The federal extended unemployment compensation program enacted in November 1991 has entered the phaseout period, according to Terry Burns, unemployment insurance director for the Utah Department of Employment Security.

This means people who filed for extended benefits after June 14 and before July 4 will be eligible for a maximum of 13 weeks of benefits. Before June 14 they were eligible for as many as 23 weeks.After July 4, no new claims for extended benefits will be accepted, but those who file before that date will be allowed to withdraw their full entitlement before their claims are closed, Burns said.