Workforce Wednesday: Developing Workplace Skills

Finding a job depends on two things: the skills of the job seeker and the needs of the employer. You might be the best Neil Diamond impersonator in all of Utah, but if no one in the state is hiring for a convincing diamond-clad entertainer, it won’t get you very far. More...


Reducing Chronic Homelessness in Utah

The State of Utah has achieved its goal — 10 years in the making — to tackle chronic homelessness.

Chronic homelessness has decreased by 91 percent, from nearly 2,000 individuals in 2005 to 178 individuals [INFOGRAPHIC]. These individuals were identified in the 2015 statewide Point-In-Time count, conducted annually on the fourth Thursday in January.

"We know these 178 individuals by name. We know their situation and we can help them move out of chronic homelessness, if they choose," said Gordon WalkerMore...


Vibrant Economy Plus Healthy Fund Equals Lower Taxes for Employers

Employers who filed their first quarter wage report during April saw a reduction in their unemployment insurance tax rates, thanks to a strong economy and thriving unemployment compensation fund.

"Utah's strong job growth and low unemployment rate have fueled a healthy fund, which now translates into lower taxes for employers," said Michelle Beebe, director of the Utah Unemployment Insurance Division, which is part of the Department of Workforce Services.More...