Poverty Rates and College Students: A look at the impact on Utah’s college towns

By: Andrew Reeve, Economist

Poverty rates are an indicator of how well an economy of any size can provide the economic means to support its citizens. High poverty rates suggest that an economy has underlying issues that are not allowing the citizenry to reap the benefits of a truly prosperous and healthy economic environment or that there is simply not enough economic opportunity in the area. It’s easy to blame the issues on a lack of management by local governments or institutions that are designed to help those they serve. However, published poverty rates neglect to factor in the presence of poverty populations who may have domestic tranquility and a strong sense of general welfare. Those are, at least for the sake of argument presented in this article, college students. More...

October Events for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

With October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Utah Department of Workforce Services’ Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is celebrating individuals with disabilities with multiple events throughout the month.

“Our events highlight the employability and strengths of Utahns with disabilities,” said Sarah Brenna, director of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. For those who have a disability or know someone who does, our events are the best opportunities to learn about resources available and to gather together as a community.”

The events include a job fair, a disability services open house, a business summit on disability inclusion with an awards ceremony recognizing employers supporting disabilities in the workplace, and targeted events for those who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing.

The events are free and open to the general public with the exception of the Disability IN:Utah Summit. For more information on the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, visit usor.utah.gov. More...

The State of Utah’s Workforce

September has been National Workforce Development Month. At Workforce Services, our business is Utah’s workforce. Since our department was formed 20 years ago, we’ve supported Utah’s job seekers and businesses during the ups and downs of the economy. Following the Great Recession, our staff has helped Utahns in every corner of our state become employed. Even with a growing population, individuals are finding work and supporting their families. The numbers speak for themselves: