Annual report on intergenerational poverty in Utah released for 2019

New analysis shows improvement since initiative began and areas for continued growth

The Utah Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission today released the state’s Eighth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty, Welfare Dependency and the Use of Public Assistance. The report highlights data from multiple state agencies and provides the first progress analysis of the families initially identified as experiencing intergenerational poverty in 2012, when the initiative began.

"It is encouraging to see that our efforts since 2012 are having an impact," said Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, chair of the Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission. "This updated analysis on how the families we identified years ago are doing now is vital so that we can continue to address Utahns’ needs in a meaningful way. Ultimately, we are working to give all Utah children and families their best opportunities for success." More...

Utah's Employment Summary: August 2019

Employment in Utah, for August 2019, grew by an estimated 3.0 percent, adding 45,900 jobs to the economy since August 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,562,500. July’s year-over job growth is revised up one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.7 percent.

August’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held at 2.8 percent for a third month. Approximately 45,100 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during August. The national unemployment rate is also unchanged at 3.7 percent. More...