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Governor signs Order to Make Utah Model Employer of People with Disabilities

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Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Governor Jon Huntsman signed an Executive Order to make Utah State Government the model employer of people with disabilities. The Executive Order was announced today during the 2007 Golden Key Awards, which recognize employers and individuals who promote hiring people with disabilities based on their abilities.

"With a 2.7 percent unemployment rate, Utah is almost fully employed, even though thousands of qualified people with disabilities are still unemployed or underemployed," Governor Huntsman said. "Utah State government will lead out in hiring this qualified and available population. This Executive Order raises the bar in the hiring practices of state government and will lead the way as a model in hiring qualified people with disabilities."

The Executive Order will immediately implement a promotional outreach campaign for people with disabilities that emphasizes the benefits of working for Utah State Government, including a statewide job recruitment and career fairs focused on workers with disabilities; develop job announcement procedures that specifically target qualified people with disabilities; provide technical assistance and training to hiring officials within state government; and establish a task force that will continue to look at ways to hire based on ability, not disability.

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