New Homeless Services System Requires Historic Effort

By Jon Pierpont, Department of Workforce Services Executive Director

We are approaching a historic event in the Salt Lake Valley — one that has taken years of planning and preparation. Over the next several months, a vast array of partners will be implementing a new system for delivering services to people experiencing homelessness. After more than 30 years in operation, the downtown community shelter will close in the fall, and we’ll welcome a better, modernized model for assisting those experiencing homelessness as we open three new homeless resource centers.


This is no easy task. Selecting the three locations was a difficult and controversial process. We recognize that providing shelter for people experiencing homelessness is essential to who we are as a community, and yet, no one really wants a homeless resource center in their neighborhood. Now the construction of two resource centers is nearly complete in Salt Lake City, as well as a third resource center in South Salt Lake, and it’s time to move forward as a united community. More...

How Seasonal is Your Economy?

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

“Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.” –Plato

Utah’s counties experience the ebb and flow of seasonal employment differently

Seasonality is a common characteristic of employment data. Weather, vacations, holiday spending and school years can all affect the number of workers looking for work or the number of jobs that are available. Utah’s counties are affected differently by seasonality. Some county employment totals vacillate dramatically in a decided pattern throughout each year. In other counties, the changing seasons bring little variation to number of overall filled jobs. In another group of counties, summer and winter seasonality smooth the overall pattern. More...

Utah's Employment Summary: April 2019

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for April 2019 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 48,600 jobs to the economy since April 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,555,400. March’s year-over job growth rate of 3.0 percent was revised up to 3.1 percent.

April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.9 percent is down from March’s 3.0 percent and marks the lowest rate in Utah since December 2007. Approximately 46,000 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during the month. The national unemployment rate lowered two percentage points to 3.6 percent. This is the nation’s lowest unemployment rate since 1969. More...