A Peek into the Economic Crystal Ball



Utah Releases New Short-Term Occupational Projections

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist


"I always avoid prophesying beforehand because it is much better to prophesy after the event has already taken place." –Winston Churchill


In contrast to Winston Churchill, economists at the Utah Department of Workforce Services don’t have the luxury of projecting occupational trends after the fact. Our latest foray into the world of the unknown has produced the 2017 to 2019 occupational projections for Utah. You can find the full set of projections here. More...






Utah's Unemployment Insurance Program honored for fraud prevention



The National Association of State Workforce Agencies released the following announcement recognizing Utah’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program for its work in preventing and eliminating fraud and waste.


The U.S. Department of Labor's standard for the percentage of UI claims that states respond to using the UI State Information Data Exchange System (see details below) is 50 percent. Only nine states exceed that standard, with Utah being the top performing state at 95 percent. More...





New Report on Utah Women in Higher Education



The Women in the Economy Commission released a report today on Utah Women in Higher Education, 2000-2017which provided key findings on enrollment and completion rates of post-secondary education in Utah.

 

The report found that Utah women participating in higher education is improving when comparing results by gender in the state since 2011. Women represent more than half of enrolled students at degree-granting institutions and make up a greater proportion of enrollees in the 18-24 and 35-44 age groups. Women also edge out men in the categories of completing associate and bachelor’s degrees.


However, there is still room for improvement as Utah continues to rank as one of the lowest states for female enrollment in the nation. The report found that Utah women have higher rates than Utah men when attaining some college with no degree. They also face unique barriers to persistence such as childbearing leading to discrepancy between their enrollment and completion of a degree.


 

The report provides recommendations to help Utah improve higher education access by supporting parents of young children. This includes affordable, campus-based child care, lactation rooms and baby-friendly study rooms. It also found a need to better communicate to women and families that more workplace flexibility and autonomy comes with more education.


In addition, the report recommends further research on possible barriers facing men and women in their postsecondary educational activities, including concurrent employment, family responsibilities and religious mission service.


The full report can be viewed at women.utah.gov.