Utah's Employment Summary: April 2020



Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for April 2020 contracted by an estimated 7.1%, sidelining 110,900 jobs compared to the April 2019 employment. Most job reductions are furloughs and considered temporary in nature. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,445,900. March’s year over job growth is revised down one-tenth of a percentage point to 2.5%.


April’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 9.7%. Approximately 155,800 Utahns were unemployed during April. The national unemployment rate rose to 14.7%. More...





Health Insurance in the time of COVID-19



By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist


U.S. Census Bureau releases new 2018 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates


“Americans want jobs. They want affordable health insurance. They want an education.” John McCain


As the world hunkers down under the effects of a pandemic, the need for health insurance coverage becomes even more apparent than usual. Just how many Utahns are covered by health insurance? Who are the uninsured? Data just released by the U.S. Census Bureau (2018 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE)) provides enlightenment on healthcare coverage in the under-65-year-old population. Additional demographic information is available from the American Community Survey, rounding out our understanding of the insured and uninsured in Utah. More...







Utah's Employment Summary: March 2020



Utah’s employment for March 2020 grew by an estimated 2.6%, adding 40,400 jobs to the economy since March 2019. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,583,000. February’s year-over job growth has been revised down to 2.8%.


March’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 3.6%. Approximately 57,900 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during March. The national unemployment rate rose to 4.4%.


NOTE: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) bases its monthly employment and unemployment measures on only one week within each month — the week that includes the 12th day. The March 2020 measures were undertaken prior to the social distancing mandate and largely reflects beginning of March employment. More...