Utah's Unemployment Insurance Program a Nationally-Recognized Example of State Innovation

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released their April-June 2016 quarterly report on the status of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.

Congress designed the program as a federal-state partnership. The federal government provides over-arching support to help ensure conformity and compliance within the framework of federal law. Because of Utah employer’s compliance with federal law, they experience a 90 percent credit towards their federal unemployment tax — the difference between paying $420 per employee to $42 per employee each year.

States are provided with the latitude to adopt their own laws towards accomplishing the goals of the program, tailored towards their unique economic and geographic landscapes. This ensures that the voice of local employers — who fundamentally support the UI program structure — is heard. This also provides states with the agility to address changes in the dynamics of local labor markets. More...

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 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...