You must not live in Southern Utah, where the average income is way under
$30,000.00 per year.
If you have ever had to apply unemployment in Utah, you'd know how Utah
keeps the percentages looking so low. Utah makes it very hard to simply complete
the application process,and then you have to wait 4 weeks to be approved and
then you will be audited about once every 4 weeks to try to boot you off
unemployment after having worked years to earn this benefit. Utah's
unemployment site is a maze that redirects you to sites requiring your credit
card number and all kinds of other bogus non-sense. Even so, their own site will
tell you that many more people in Utah would qualify for un-employment, but they
find the application process too difficult. The Utah percentages are
skewed. How proud can you be about this economic 'achievement' when
state employees live in poverty?
It's easy to start out at 14-16 buck an hour at many places in Utah and
advancement is there in many (especially tech related) industries...not too hard as long as you're not doing a teenager's job flipping
Airnaut, in a state where you can earn $15 an hour and still buy a house in a
decent, safe area, that's a heckuva lot to be crowing about.Now
in SoCal, where a house in the graffiti district costs you $300K, not so much.
In a State were a Master's Degree equals $15 an hour, that's not
much to be crowing about....
While the Utah economy is doing better than many other states, there are still
lots of problems so we shouldn't feel comfortable at all. Things can turn
sour in a hurry.We need more full-time, higher paying jobs and we
need people to gain the skills necessary to fill them.I agree with
Dave T. in Ogden that we need to tie government assistance programs to behaviors
that will lift recipients out of poverty. In order to collect unemployment,
welfare, food stamps, or other government "safety-net" payments you
should have to do something for them (besides just breathe) if you are able.School, work programs, and community service are great ways to get
skills and develop solid work habits. Government assistance needs to be a
short-term thing that people actually try to avoid. Help those who need help,
but expect them to put forth whatever effort they are capable of giving.
Utah is blessed to have a fairly good government, whose governance is often
rated highest in the nation among the other states. Given that government is of
the people, this speaks well for the people of the state too. These two facts
together explains why our economy is fairly good, and better than most.
Jobs are available in Utah for those who want to work, show up on time,
aren't on drugs and will take a shower and dress reasonably. Felons are a
problem. Not everyone, either individuals or businesses, is will to take a
chance hiring them. Forgiving their past crimes is easy, but different than
Though our unemployment rate is not that of zero. Is it that the unemployed have
large gaps of no employment, they have no marketable jobs skills or that they
cannot pass a background check? Who will hire them? As we are a Christian
nation, there ought to be programs that reach out to those who are not part of
the employed. There ought to be many open revolving doors for the unemployed do
go through to get into the job market.They ought to greatly expand new
jobs training programs. If they are spending money on welfare, food stamps,
subsidize lunches anyway, they could fully subsidize wages for employers to hire
them until that employee obtain the skills they need. Other schooling could also
be subsidized at 100 percent initially. Then with time, a steady decline in the
total subsidized wages would go to zero, when that employee becomes completely
self-sufficient. Give a man a fish....teach a man how to fish.A strong
nation depends on having strong families, thus the head of households should
especially be encouraged to enter these jobs training programs. Learning new
skills is the best way to reduce social ills...Then we all win.
But how can that be?Republicans keep telling us that Obama is the worst
A low unemployment rate doesn't mean the jobs are high paying good jobs. I
can make a lot more money in Portland, Washington or California than I could
ever make in Utah. Of course there are people here who think $16 is making it.
Lies, darn lies and statistics. Yes, the federal government is the largest
single employer in Utah. About 35000 Utahn's work for federal agencies in
a state where the Feds own 65% of the land). That means about 1 in 90 Utahns
work for the Feds. Hardly the deciding factor in unemployment. The fact that
Utah has a large percentage of smaller employers helps. When a big company
struggles it can take down the local economy. In Utah you have hundreds of
small businesses struggling, but hundreds more growing. You can always get
double the Salary by moving to San Francisco. Of course a house will cost you
$1.Mil so everything extra you make will go to your mortgage.
The Utah economy like all other states is still being restrained by red tape and
high taxes of the present administration. Nevertheless the job situation is
much better here than some states. And I don't think the poor suffer more
in such a climate.
Does anyone find it strange that when unemployment is high, it is the opposing
political party's fault but when unemployment is low, we give credit to our
own party preference? Are all human beings so easily manipulated by politics
that they lose any modicum of common sense?
How can we call undocumented illegal aliens looting and pilfering this state of
taxes and welfare food stamps good for the economy? Its terrible for the economy
and this unemployment is a lie since they don't count any jobs or illegal
aliens in jobs that are not reported to the department of workforce services.
These jobs for illegal are underground word of mouth jobs not available to the
tax payers and honest citizens of the state.With such low
unemployment then how come all the income tax and sales taxes and medicare and
medicaid is so under funded? If so many people are employed how come there is no
tax revenues increases? Its not that they don't get any wages, they just
aren't reported wages. How can they explain low unemployment
with a stagnant economy and tax revenue loss representing a 30% unemployment?
The numbers are as fake as Obama and lie upon lie.I have no problem
with federal jobs, their incomes and taxes are collected and paid and the jobs
don't require any state funds at all. All 50,000 federal workers are
citizens and registered workers to vote in the tea party movement.
The Beehive State may remain among the best state in the country to find a job
but that depends greatly on the job and the industry. For academics looking for
a FT teaching, tensur-track position, not so much.
That's because wages are 50% of the rest of the country.Like China,
and Bangladesh.Employers can hire 2 for the price of 1.Meanwhile le's NOT forget who the top Employers are in the state -- The Federal Government, andThe STATE Government.
Funny.The largest employers of the state are taxpayer funded.Shut down Hill, then let's see what our unemployment rate would be!
The two best US states are Texas and Utah both led by GOP governors. Guess who
has the worst unemplyment and which party their gov's are. Pretty easy.
Bottom line - conservative principles lift everyone while liberal ideology sinks
the ship. Numbers never lie.
Unemployment among minorities, especially among blacks and Hispanics have only
increased under barracks regime. Is this an accident? Maybe it is Bush's
fault. Or maybe it's the Republicans or ATMS's that is causing this.
Maybe it's racism. After all under White presidents minorities enjoyed
lower unemployment than under barack. Wait a minute, that wouldn't be
racism then....Wake up people. It's the left wing, liberal
ideology of high taxes, social nanny state, cradle to grave, give government
your labor and money and they'll redistribute it out equitably mentality
that has gotten us into this awful hole.With this current regime,
I'm ashamed to be associated with those that voted for it. But, as with a
wayword child you work with them. Help them understand the errors of their ways.
And welcome them back with open arms as they begin to see the light and leave
the awful darkness that they were led to as lemmings.
Of course it is. We've been following the liberal democrat model for
economic growth and prosperity.Oh wait a minute....not bad for a
red, conservative state. The left will come back and claim higher taxes attract
job creators. In fact, when I took business classes, every lecture ended that
the best way to make money is to pay higher taxes and pay the employees more
than they're worth. LOL!
Is it mere coincidence that 4 of the 5 states with the lowest unemployment are
conservative and three of the four with the highest are liberal (based on the
last presidential election map)?
Being such a conservative state, it leads not only to a good business
environment which helps job growth and it also means more qualified and hard
working people. This is no surprise.In related news, the labor
participation rate is the lowest its been in the US in 30 years.Well