The pandemic has impacted the employment and financial health of many Utahns.
According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS):
• Since March, more than 300,000 Utahns have filed for unemployment benefits.
• Utah went from an unemployment rate of 2.5% in February to 10.4% in April.
• Utah's current unemployment rate is 5%, but there are still many, many people looking for work.
Lance Soffe from DWS joined us to not only show us where to get a job, but also to remind people who have been receiving unemployment benefits that those benefits are expiring soon.
Soffe says, "The federal pandemic extension ends December 31, so now is the time to find a new job, not AFTER your benefits run out!"
He adds, "We want to be sure that those Utahns [and any others looking for a job] know that there are jobs available right now in multiple industries."
If your industry is down and not hiring right now, Soffe revealed you may have to look at a job in a different industry that is currently looking for employees.
He said, "This is why we launched the Utah Job Support campaign and the new Hot Jobs search tool to connect anyone to where the jobs are NOW.
Workforce Services has worked closely with the key industry groups that are hiring today to create the new Hot Jobs tool at jobs.utah.gov."
They have identified the top five in-demand jobs in each industry, including:
o Information technology
o Finance and banking
o Health care
o Warehouse, sales and customer service
o And more
These jobs and many more are listed on the DWS job board that you can connect into and find the hottest jobs available today.
Find more info at jobs.utah.gov.