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...
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...
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...