Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Program Receives National Recognition

State Honored with “Triple Crown” Award for an Unprecedented Fifth Time

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...

Utah's Employment Summary: August 2016

Utah’s employment in August 2016 grew by an estimated 3.3 percent, adding 44,800 jobs to the economy as compared to August 2015. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,420,900.

The unemployment rate for August’ declined two-tenths from July to 3.7 percent. Approximately 54,800 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate held steady from July to August at 4.9 percent. More...

Utah featured in U.S. House Ways & Means Subcommittee hearing

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...