State Honored with “Triple Crown” Award for an Unprecedented
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 being the top performing unemployment
insurance division, which operates faster and more effectively than in any
other medium sized state in the nation.
“We serve Utahns in need with a remarkably efficient system,
which is what this award is all about,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director
of the Department of Workforce Services. “This honor highlights our commitment
to exceptional customer service and wise stewardship of taxpayer dollars.” More...
The U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on Human
Resources held a hearing today entitled “Unemployment Insurance: An Overview of
the Challenges and Strengths of Today’s System.” As part of the hearing, Utah’s
Unemployment Insurance Division Director Michelle Beebe testified about the
successes within Utah’s program and the current challenges states are facing.
“Utah is one of the top states in the country when it comes
to having low duration and exhaustion rates, and has one of the healthiest
Unemployment Trust Funds,” said Beebe. “Even with our success in re-employment,
there are challenges every state is experiencing regarding funding constraints
and the partnership with the federal government. States need flexibility to
continue along the path of sustainability and innovation.” More...
Each year, something surprising happens in the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah. Hundreds of teens from all around the country gather at a nearby high school, and just five days later, dozens of local residents have newly refurbished homes that can stand up to the harsh desert elements.
The youth are a participating with Group Mission Trips, a non-denominational Christian organization that provides opportunities for Christian youth to see a new part of the world and give service. For the camps located in southern Utah, the Department of Workforce Services Weatherization Assistance Program provides the supplies, training and expertise needed to make the needed repairs. The Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments also co-sponsors the project. More...