2011 — Ongoing Effects From The Recession

20th Anniversary of the Utah Department of Workforce Services

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:

$653 million paid in UI benefits. 272,936 Utah citizens on food stamps (all-time high), 3.8% average unemployment rate. 71,419 UI claims filed.
Jon Pierpont thanks Scott Steele for his service as the Chief of Veterans at the Veterans Conference in 2011.
The myCase team in 2011.
Staff at the LYFE (Lifting Youth to Future Employment) dedication in 2011.
Greg Gardner and Kristen Cox with Governor Gary Herbert in 2011.
Workforce Services staff in 2011.
Leann Muranaka Hatfield with Kristen Cox for Internal Audit Awareness Month.
Staff from the Metro Employment Center.
The Eligibility Services center team in St. George in 2011.
Connie Laws retirement party.

A ribbon-cutting marked the 4th eligibility service center in St. George.
Melanie Merrill and Brenda Duvall.

Staff at the Southwest Career Fair.
Toni Sierra and Darren Rogers.

Steve Leyba and Verlin Christensen.
The State Energy Sector Partnership logo.

KEY MILESTONES:
  • Received first Triple Crown from DOL for performance excellence in areas of Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits, UI Contributions and Appeals
  • UI Trust Fund stops losing money at $250 million and becomes one of 16 states not to go insolvent during the recession
  • Housing and Community Development is central in staffing a new Housing Task Force under the direction of Homeland Security, and writing the statewide disaster plan for housing up to 60,000 people who might become homeless by a major disaster
  • Utah is first state to receive approval to send electronic notices to public assistance customers
2012 — HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOINS WORKFORCE SERVICES