2011 — ONGOING EFFECTS FROM THE RECESSION
It was a challenging year in 2011 for the department with the ongoing effects of the Great Recession. Through careful management, Utah managed to be one of only 15 states that did not borrow funds in order to continue paying unemployment insurance benefits during and following the Great Recession.
The department maintained focus on workforce development initiatives to meet the needs of Utah employers. This included the launch of the Utah Patriot Partnership, encouraging employers to show appreciation by focusing on hiring veterans first. Another example was the State Energy Sector Partnership grant from the Department of Labor that taught skills in green construction, alternative fuels and energy management to 1,400 Utahns.
2011 AT A GLANCE: