Utah's Employment Summary: January 2015

2015 began with strong numbers for Utah's workforce and employers: Jobs for January 2015 grew by an estimated 4.1 percent, adding 53,600 jobs to the economy as compared to January 2014. Utah's current employment level registers 1,347,400.

Paired with Utah's strong job growth is an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, dropping two-tenths from last month. Approximately 49,800 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work.More...

DWS Division Director, Gordon D. Walker, Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Gordon D. Walker, director of Utah's Housing and Community Development Division (HCD), received the 2014 Utah Apartment Association Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions and invaluable service in the housing industry. Walker has focused a significant portion of his career on removing barriers to housing.

Since coming to HCD, Walker has developed and implemented several acclaimed and innovative programsMore...

Funding new injection molding class to align with industry needs

You might not know anything about plastic injection molding, but students at Davis Applied Technology College are now learning all about this quickly expanding field, thanks to funding from Workforce Services.

The Ogden Standard-Examiner reports on the program:

“Recognizing the need for more trained workers in this field, the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership (UCAP), involving the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah System of Higher Education, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, awarded DATC a $250,000 grant to develop the program and train Utah students for jobs in this fast-growing industry.”

This is one of many grants funded by this partnership (we’ve administered $2 million dollars to education programs throughout Utah in the past year alone). Our focus is to be responsive to the needs of industry for qualified workforce by aligning education outcomes with those needs.

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