DWS Press Release
March 26, 2016

Utah ranks top five for veterans unemployment rate
Latest report from Bureau of Labor Statistics show Utah’s jobless rate for veterans at 2.6 percent

SALT LAKE CITY - The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their annual report showing the unemployment rate for veterans. Utah's jobless rate for all veterans improved from 4.9 percent in 2014 to 2.6 percent in 2015. Only four other states had a lower rate than Utah.

"We are pleased to see the improved year-over veterans unemployment rate," said Jon Pierpont, executive director at the Department of Workforce Services. "We are committed to implementing strategies that help all veterans obtain employment."

Veterans labor force statistics are generated from BLS's monthly Current Population Survey. Utah's Workforce Services works closely with the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs (VMA) to ensure supportive services are available to all veterans in Utah. These services to veterans include specialized workshops, programs that help apply skills obtained through military training to private sector occupations (the ACE program), and proactive outreach to veterans currently receiving unemployment insurance.

"Utah benefits from a strong partnership between multiple agencies collaborating to comprehensively serve veterans," said Gary Harter, executive director of VMA. "We focus on supporting veterans, their family members, and those currently serving in the military to ensure they know of all the benefits available for them because of their service to our country."

For more information about BLS data, visit http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/vet.pdf.

To learn more about veteran employment services, visit http://jobs.utah.gov/jobseeker/veteran.html. Additional information about benefits and other services for veterans, visit http://veterans.utah.gov/.

###