New study of Utah’s “core IT” sector

A new study of Utah’s information technology industry shows a fast-growing and high-paying sector for those with STEM-focused bachelor’s degrees and higher, as well as those with vocational training. The in-depth labor market study focused on coding workers, or “core IT” — those who design and build an IT company’s product.

Key findings of the study, A Labor Study of Software Publishing and Computer Systems Design, conducted by the Utah Workforce Research and Analysis Division, highlight the core IT industry’s strength and room for growth. With more than 90 percent of core IT new hires coming from other industries within Utah, researchers believe the vast majority are Utah-educated. More...

Utah's Employment Summary: March 2018

Employment in Utah for March 2018 grew by an estimated 3.3 percent, adding 48,000 jobs to the economy since March 2017. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,501,800. No revisions were made to February’s year-over job growth rate.

March’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from the prior month at 3.1 percent. Approximately 48,500 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged from February at 4.1 percent. More...

A Peek into the Economic Crystal Ball

Utah Releases New Short-Term Occupational Projections

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

"I always avoid prophesying beforehand because it is much better to prophesy after the event has already taken place." –Winston Churchill

In contrast to Winston Churchill, economists at the Utah Department of Workforce Services don’t have the luxury of projecting occupational trends after the fact. Our latest foray into the world of the unknown has produced the 2017 to 2019 occupational projections for Utah. You can find the full set of projections here. More...