Workforce Wednesday: Getting Re-employed Quickly

There’s a lot of churn in any economy, and that only increases as your scale gets bigger. The global economy is increasingly having an impact of employers and workers right here in Utah. While usually this leads to positive economic growth, sometimes economic shifts abroad can lead to changes here at home that we’d rather avoid.

Fortunately there are resources available to Utah workers affected by these ebbs and flows — things like the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. When workers lose their jobs due to foreign trade, this programs helps them get back to work quickly.

In addition to the myriad of other resources Workforce Services offers for job seekers, sudden employment changes can certainly be temporary. Any job seekers looking for more information should visit our website at

*Every Wednesday, Workforce Services takes a special look at issues or initiatives that affect Utah's workforce. Hop on Twitter to follow the latest innovations that help Utahns take their careers to the next level: #WorkforceWednesday

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The Department of Workforce Services was created in 1997 when the state legislature combined five existing state entities: Office of Family Support, Department of Employment Security, Office of Job Training, Turning Point, and Office of Child Care. At the time, a sunset of July 1, 2015, was included in the bill.More...