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A Look at Utah’s Affordable Housing Needs



The Department of Workforce Services published a new statewide Affordable Housing Assessment and Plan that provides information on the affordable rental housing needs of low-income Utahns.


"This is our first statewide assessment and plan on affordable housing,” said Department of Workforce Services Executive Director Jon Pierpont. “It provides valuable data and analysis on the housing needs and gaps in Utah, especially the scarcity of rental housing that is affordable for our lowest income families.” More...




Calculating an Employer's Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rate



The U.S. Department of Labor recently released their July 2016 to September 2016 report on the status of the Unemployment Insurance Program. Additionally, Utah sent notification of 2017 contribution rates to all employers. 1 out of 5 employers were able to access this information the very next day by opting into Electronic Correspondence at jobs.utah.gov.


These new rates became effective Jan. 1, 2017. Employers will see the new rates when they file their report for January to March wages in April 2017.


Thanks to the effective management of our state legislature and the growing economy, Utah’s trust fund continues to be the 4th healthiest in the nation. This fund is used to pay benefits to eligible individuals. A healthy fund means that we have a robust enough balance to weather another significant increase in people claiming unemployment and that we’re not collecting more from employers than is necessary. More...





Refugee Featured at Governor’s Inauguration Ceremony


Yar Kuany Awan, a Sudanese refugee and recent naturalized U.S. citizen, led the Pledge of Allegiance at Governor Gary Herbert's inauguration ceremony on Jan. 4, 2017.


Governor Herbert said of Yar:

"Humility, hard work and mutual support have always been at the heart of the Utah spirit....I see that same Utah spirit in Yar Kuany Awan. More...