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...



Utah’s UI Program Excels in Providing Exceptional Customer Service


The U.S. Department of Labor recently released their January-March 2016 quarterly report on the status of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. Around the same time, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report on customer service within the national UI landscape.  More...