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:




Utah's Employment Summary: August 2018



Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for August 2018 grew by an estimated 3.7 percent, adding 54,700 jobs to the economy since August 2017. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,517,800. July’s year-over job growth rate was revised upward one-tenth to 4.0 percent.


August’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from the prior month at 3.1 percent. Approximately 49,800 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate also remained unchanged from the prior month at 3.9 percent. More...





Workforce Services Director Becomes President of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies



The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) today announced Jon Pierpont as the new president of the board of directors. As part of this commitment, Pierpont will represent Utah on the executive committee for the next two years

as president and past-president.


“There is no hotter topic across the nation than building the workforce for today and the future. Every state is experiencing successes and challenges in the labor force,” Pierpont said. “It is an honor to work closely with my counterparts in other states in a common goal of strengthening our workforce to meet industry needs.” More...