DWS Press Release
October 22, 2014

Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Program Leads Nationally
State Honored with National Award for an Unprecedented Fourth Time

SALT LAKE CITY--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 its unemployment insurance division, which operates faster and more effectively than in any other medium sized state in the nation.

"We consistently give top-tier service to Utahns in need, which is what this award is all about," said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services. "This recognition highlights our daily commitment to quality customer service and efficient operations."

The division was recognized in all three of its functions: benefit payments, appeals decisions and tax operations. The award came at the National Unemployment Insurance Directors Conference in Salt Lake City. Utah has won the award for the past four years—a feat never accomplished by any state before.

"It is an honor to have our capable and caring staff recognized for the quality work they do every day," said Bill Starks, director of the Utah Unemployment Insurance Division. "To win this award four years in a row shows that we take our work in Utah’s communities and stewardship of taxpayer funds seriously."

The Utah Unemployment Insurance Division operates within the Utah Department of Workforce Services. For more information on the department’s dedication to customer service and operational excellence, visit jobs.utah.gov.

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