Utah's reemployment strategies at work

The U.S. Department of Labor’s second quarter report gives Utah high marks for a healthy unemployment insurance (UI) program. The purpose of unemployment insurance is to preserve a skilled workforce and function as an economic stabilizer.

Utah has approximately 1.3 million individuals in its labor force covered under unemployment insurance, and nearly 75,000 employers paying into the Unemployment Insurance Contribution Fund. Currently, there are approximately 11,000 of Utah’s labor force claiming benefits.

During the second quarter of 2015, the average individual qualified for $359 per week and approximately 22 weeks of benefits. They generally only collected benefits for 12.3 weeks before returning to work, with the majority finding employment by the next quarter.

Utah has the fifth lowest duration of claimants collecting UI benefits in the nation — due, in part, to our reemployment support connecting job seekers with more than 20,000 job openings statewide in 23 different career fields. Our strategy is to start with reemployment support early in the process with Individuals registering for work within our system in the first two weeks of claiming benefits.

Job seekers can access training workshops online or in-person, covering topics such as networking, interviewing and using online tools in their job search. Individuals interested in these resources or additional training support can visit jobs.utah.gov or their local employment center. Click here to find the Employment Center nearest to you.