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Workforce Wednesday: Utah veteran unemployment rate fifth lowest in the nation

According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Utah’s 2016 veteran unemployment rate is 2.3 percent, ranking Utah as one of the top five states for veteran employment in the U.S. Since 2011, the veteran jobless rate has dropped from 8.1 percent to the current 2.3 percent. 

“In Utah we take seriously our obligations to those who have served our country diligently in military service. Among the best ways to show our appreciation is by assisting these individuals in finding meaningful employment that takes advantage of their leadership experience and skills,” said Gov. Gary Herbert. “I am proud of how the Department of Workforce Services and the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs support and serve these exemplary men and women. God bless our veterans.” More...

Utah's Employment Summary: January 2017

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for January 2017 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 43,800 jobs to the economy since January 2016. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,431,800.

January’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one tenth of a percent from December to 3.1. Approximately 47,800 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from December to 4.8 percent. More...

Utah Recognized for Leading Efforts in Reemployment

The American Institute for Full Employment recognized Utah's Unemployment Insurance Division's leading efforts in reemployment in two recent publications:

For more information about Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Division and available resources for job seekers, visit the Department of Workforce Services website at 

About Unemployment Insurance Division

Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Division provides economic stability to Utah’s workforce, families and communities. Unemployed Utahns are invited to work with Utah’s team of specialists to determine what benefits they may qualify for. Contributions collected from Utah employers, under the state unemployment tax, are used exclusively to pay benefits to unemployed workers who are able and available to seek and accept full-time work. For more information visit jobs.utah.gov/department/ui.html.