Utah Excels in Re-Employing Its Unemployed Labor Force


The U.S. Department of Labor most recent quarterly summary report for October-December 2015 ranks Utah 7th overall when it comes to duration of an individual collecting benefits and 2nd when taken within the context of the maximum number of weeks available.

The average individual qualifies for 21.7 weeks and only collects 12.1 weeks, about half of the benefits they qualify for before returning to work. More...



Workforce Wednesday: Connecting statewide employers to the Uintah Basin labor force


Recent news articles have highlighted the economic challenges that have occurred in the Uintah Basin area because of changes in the oil and gas industry. These challenges have led to our Roosevelt and Vernal employment centers being busier than normal in helping individuals find work in the area. Workforce Services’ employment counselors work everyday to connect employers with job seekers. A big part of our success is the relationships we have with businesses. More...



Success of Utah’s UI Program Tied to Integrity

The U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 third quarter report gives Utah high marks for a healthy unemployment insurance (UI) program. The purpose of the UI program is to preserve a skilled workforce, benefiting both employers and workers.

Utah’s UI Trust Fund balance has recovered from the hit of the Great Recession when there were significant benefit increases. As of Sept. 30, 2015, the Trust Fund had a balance of nearly $926 million.

Utah has the 5th healthiest trust fund in the nation — based on total wages in the state and our ability to weather another significant increase in benefits. Utah has approximately 1.4 million individuals in its labor force covered under unemployment insurance, and nearly 75,000 employers paying into the UI Trust Fund. More...