Governor highlights need for donations to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund

Governor Gary R. Herbert today highlighted the opportunity for Utahns to directly help individuals and families experiencing homelessness by donating to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund. While touring the Volunteers of America Adult Detoxification Center, the governor met with several formerly homeless individuals and a family who received critical care and support that was funded, in part, by the homeless trust fund.More...

In the News: “Life-changing” program to help families overcome poverty

There’s a lot of economic opportunity in Utah these days (more than 22,000 open jobs in our labor exchange alone) and at Workforce Services we strive to help people take advantage of that opportunity. But some Utahns face additional barriers in doing that. One example is families living in intergenerational poverty.

We’ve launched our Next Generation Kids pilot program to see which interventions best help these families achieve economic stability and break out of poverty. The Deseret News and KSL both visited this program in Ogden, and highlighted one participant who says the program is life-changing for her and her son.

Read the Deseret News story here, and you can watch KSL’s coverage here.

Utah's Employment Summary: December 2014

Utah ended 2014 with strong job growth: Employment for December 2014 grew by an estimated 3.9 percent, adding 50,700 jobs to the economy as compared to December 2013. Utah's current employment level registers at 1,366,700.

"Utah ended the year on a labor market high note, posting the highest year-over job growth for all of 2014," reported Carrie Mayne, chief economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services.More...