Refugees Carry on the Pioneering Spirit



Utah was founded by pioneers seeking refuge from oppression and that tradition continues today. In his final State of the State address, Governor Gary Herbert compared the refugees living in Utah to the pioneers who founded the state.


“Today new modern pioneers are still coming here in search of a better life and new opportunities,” Herbert said.


Utah is home to more than 65,000 refugees, and each of them add culture and diversity to the state. They all come with a hope for a better life and a desire to make a positive impact on their community. More...






Utah’s Unemployment Insurance operations recognized as a top-performing program nationally



The U.S. Department of Labor recognized the Utah Department of Workforce Services today with two operational excellence awards for unemployment insurance appeals decisions and tax operations. The national recognition distinguishes Utah as a top-performing state for operating its unemployment insurance and appeals programs faster and more effectively than other medium-sized states.


“These awards recognize our efforts to support both employers and job seekers in times of unemployment,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services. “Never resting on our laurels and our unremitting commitment to administering Utah’s unemployment insurance program both efficiently and effectively has led to this recognition of operational excellence.” More...