Workforce Wednesday: From Homelessness to Independence

Utah received a lot of attention for successfully housing more than 90% of its chronically homeless residents over the past decade, but the tools to equip these individuals to succeed don’t just end with a safe place to call home.

We just completed the first year of a pilot program that funds expungement assistance for formerly chronically homeless Utahns. By clearing petty crimes from their record, these individuals can take advantage of new opportunities in housing or employment.More...

Workforce Wednesday: Helping Veterans Find Work

When veterans return to the civilian labor market, they can sometimes face additional barriers to employment. Private employers may not understand military terminology that often shows up on veterans’ resumes, veterans themselves may have trouble knowing which civilian jobs they qualify for, and some returning combat veterans even suffer from post traumatic stress.

The effect of these barriers are reflected in the unemployment rate for Utah veterans, which, for calendar year 2014 sits at 4.9%. The statewide average for all job seekers (as of June 2015) is 3.5%.More...

Workforce Wednesday: The Job Seeker Support Network

One of the key functions of Workforce Services is to help job seekers find their next opportunity. And since job seekers are located all throughout Utah, it only makes sense that our department is too.

Many of our resources are accessible anywhere, anytime on our website: But we also have a physical presence across the state with more than thirty employment centers dotting the map. These centers are a resource to help local job seekers with things like mock interviews, skill building workshops, hiring events, and much more.

The best part is, the employees who staff these centers are members of the local community, living and working right alongside those they serve.More...