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Deseret News

Mountain View, CA, United States

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Past articles by Jasen:

Fewer passengers, but more guns: A warning for travelers flying out of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City International Airport ranked 10th nationally for the number of firearm discoveries in 2020, according to the Transportation Security Administration. → Read More

Fear and trepidation grip many now trying to buy a home in a hot market

A recent nationwide survey by The Harris Poll asking about the homebuying experience of more than 2,000 adults shows a lot of trepidation as the Wasatch Front, like much of the nation, is seeing a rapid rise in home prices. → Read More

Utah’s 2.9 % jobless rate the lowest in the U.S.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported in Salt Lake City Friday that March’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9%, less than half of the national jobless rate of 6%. → Read More


UDOT announces major projects for upcoming construction season

Get ready, Utah drivers. The season of orange cones and detour signs is coming to a highway near you. → Read More

New Utah jobless claims rise for third straight week, report says

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday that the number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits is up for the third straight week. → Read More

Salt Lake County launches effort to help more local businesses survive the pandemic

As a part of Salt Lake County’s continuous and evolving economic recovery efforts, a new program is being launched to address gaps in connecting diverse business owners with existing resources, which have otherwise remained underutilized or unknown. → Read More

Unfinished business: Doctor reenlists with the U.S. Army ‘to give back’ what he’s learned

At age 61, Dr. John Mitchell joined the second time in his life as a way of showing gratitude for the experiences the military gave him that led to a long career in medicine. → Read More

Two Utah towns among ‘best to work from home,’ report says

They may lack the urban bustle of a big city, but two Utah towns ranked among the best places to live while working from home make up for it with the amenities that allow for a nearly idyllic remote work environment. → Read More


Jobless claims down nearly 12%, report says

The number of individuals requesting unemployment benefits continues to decline in Utah, falling 11.9% last week. → Read More

New unemployment claims in Utah decline for second straight week, report says

The state Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday the number of new claims for unemployment compensation in the Beehive State filed during the week of Feb. 14 through Feb. 20 registered at 3,545, while the number of continued claims for that same week came in a 32,763 — also down from the prior week. → Read More

Do high-density apartments decrease nearby home values? Utah study says no

A report released by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah found that apartments built between 2010 and 2018 had no adverse effects on nearby single-family home values in Salt Lake County. In fact, homes located within half a mile of new units saw higher overall price appreciation than houses located farther away. → Read More

Utah notes milestone in jobless claims as new unemployment filings fall below 4,000

The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in the Beehive State registered at 3,817 for the week of Feb. 7 through Feb. 13, according to a report from the Utah Department of Workforce Services. → Read More

With 3⁄4 of Salt Lake office workers working remotely, what will future workplaces look like?

The new primarily remote workplace model is currently the prevalent environment for many workers everywhere. And while that may change, will the traditional work environment ever be the same? → Read More

Jobless claims remain high, while Utah unemployment rate fifth lowest in U.S.

The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah registered at 4,535 for the week of Jan. 17 through Jan. 23. There were 32,462 continued claims filed during that same week. → Read More

Jon Huntsman named new chairman of World Trade Center Utah

Former Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. has taken a new high-profile post. He was named the new chairman of World Trade Center Utah. → Read More

Weekly unemployment claims rising again in Utah, report says

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday the number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits registered at 5,588 for the week of Dec. 27 through Jan. 2, a 7.7% rise from the week before. → Read More

2,892 new COVID-19 cases in Utah, 9 more deaths reported day before Christmas

The number of positive COVID-19 test continues to climb. The Utah Department of Health reported 2,892 new cases on Thursday, bringing the state’s overall total to 260,589 to date. → Read More


Salt Lake business hopes new stimulus money can keep doors open as pandemic rages

As scores of small businesses across the nation struggle to stay afloat, some desperately needed financial help is finally on the way. → Read More

Swig founder paying it forward to help fellow cancer survivors

WEST JORDAN — Before Nicole Tanner was a successful entrepreneur, she was just a normal person living a contented life with her husband and family in the scenic red rock country of southern Utah.... → Read More

Housing affordability in Utah entering ‘perilous territory,’ study says

The Wasatch Front is on the verge of a housing affordability crisis, analysts say, and unless measures are taken immediately to address the issue, thousands of Utahns will be in danger of being priced out of the market. → Read More