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The Utah Department of Employment Security will participate with other states to develop a national labor market information system.

Utah will share two $500,000 grants with 21 other states for research, development and operation of the labor market information system.Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich said, "As part of the effort to convert the unemployment system to a re-employment system, we must improve the quality and timeliness of information provided to our customers."

A labor market information system offers both job-seekers and employers a wide range of reliable information on job openings, job candidates, skill requirements, occupational trends, the quality and location of training programs and other labor market data.

Utah officials will work with eight other states to review current efforts to provide short-term forecasts of labor market demands. They also will develop a short-term forecasting model prototype that all states can use.