Job training program runs out of money

A job-training program for unemployed participants to develop job skills through classes and vocational training has run out of money. The Utah Department of Workforce Services, including the Logan office, had offered it.”We had an incredible increase in caseloads,” said Workforce Services spokesman Curt Stewart. “In October of 2008 2,263 people enrolled in our training programs across three different categories. In October, 2009, so far, we had 6,409 enrolled in these programs.”The October, 2008 unemployment rate in Utah was 3.5 percent.Enrollment in the program, which was being funded through the Federal Workforce Investment Act, has been suspended for the rest of the fiscal year.Utah’s unemployment rate is up to 6.5 percent. When so many jobless people enlisted in the program the fiscal year’s budget was gone in less than five months.”We still have other training programs available,” said Stewart. “We have training funds available under our Family Employment Program. We have some trade funding available, too.”We encourage people to still come to an employment center and talk to an employment counselor if they are looking to receive some career skills training. We’re still looking for ways to find some more money. But coming into one of our centers would get them into the pipeline for the new funding we receive July 1.Stewart said the most Utah job openings are in the healthcare industry where he said there is always demand, especially with the aging baby boomers.

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