A total of 180,678 Utahns received help from the Utah Department of Employment Security through the troublesome times between jobs, in finding a first job or finding a better job between July 1, 1987, and June 30, 1988, according to a report from the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security.

Service to employers includes placing and filling job openings, on-site recruitment, occupational analysis and testing, labor market information, interstate job clearance, job restructuring, wage surveys and technical assistance.In the above year, the department received 102,265 job openings, with 75,181 or 73.5 percent being filled by the program. Job Service was second only to direct hires by employers in the number of jobs filled in the country and is the single largest source of jobs and worker listings, the report said.

Of the 198,382 applicants for job interviewing, selection and referral to jobs, job development, in-depth employment counseling for those with employment problems, career evaluation, referral to training programs, supportive services, testing or other agencies such as vocational rehabilitation, service was provided to 141,115 people and 18,600 applicants received job counseling interviews, the report said.

Among Utah's 74,708 total placements, 11,261 were veterans, 10,850 were minorities, 26,142 were women and 18,737 were youth.

The report said 38,067 employers paid for the unemployment system in Utah and during the year being discussed, 598,387 of Utah's 715,175 workers or 83.6 percent were covered by the state's unemployment insurance system.

During the year, the report said, a total of $81 million in benefits was paid to 39,563. A total of 14,294 workers exhausted their benefits and for various reasons 36,467 workers were denied benefits. The average weekly benefit was $152.48 and benefits were paid for an average of 13.03 weeks.

The report said unemployment in the Uintah Basin averaged 13.3 percent, the highest in the state, while unemployment in Daggett County stood at 3.3 percent, the lowest in the state.

Growth is anticipated in the next five years in business services, eating and drinking places and hospitals with declines expected in metal mining, agriculture and railroads.

Nationally, the report said employment security offices helped more than 16 million people in the fiscal year and more than nine million people received specific assistance from Job Service offices. Job placements totaled 4.4 million, a slight increase over the previous year.