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Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Program Receives National Recognition

State Honored with “Triple Crown” Award for an Unprecedented Fifth Time

Utahns continue to benefit from one of the best unemployment insurance programs in the nation the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed today. Utah was awarded the “Triple Crown” for being the top performing unemployment insurance division, which operates faster and more effectively than in any other medium sized state in the nation.

“We serve Utahns in need with a remarkably efficient system, which is what this award is all about,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services. “This honor highlights our commitment to exceptional customer service and wise stewardship of taxpayer dollars.” More...

Utah featured in U.S. House Ways & Means Subcommittee hearing

The U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing today entitled “Unemployment Insurance: An Overview of the Challenges and Strengths of Today’s System.” As part of the hearing, Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Division Director Michelle Beebe testified about the successes within Utah’s program and the current challenges states are facing.

“Utah is one of the top states in the country when it comes to having low duration and exhaustion rates, and has one of the healthiest Unemployment Trust Funds,” said Beebe. “Even with our success in re-employment, there are challenges every state is experiencing regarding funding constraints and the partnership with the federal government. States need flexibility to continue along the path of sustainability and innovation.” More...

Photo Essay: Weatherization Program and Youth Volunteers Fix Homes and Change Lives in the Navajo Nation

Each year, something surprising happens in the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah. Hundreds of teens from all around the country gather at a nearby high school, and just five days later, dozens of local residents have newly refurbished homes that can stand up to the harsh desert elements. 

The youth are a participating with Group Mission Trips, a non-denominational Christian organization that provides opportunities for Christian youth to see a new part of the world and give service. For the camps located in southern Utah, the Department of Workforce Services Weatherization Assistance Program provides the supplies, training and expertise needed to make the needed repairs. The Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments also co-sponsors the project. More...