Utah's Employment Summary: August 2015

Wrapping up the summer months, Utah’s employment for August 2015 grew by an estimated 4.0 percent, adding 52,800 jobs to the economy as compared to August 2014. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,378,300.

August’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percent from last month to 3.7 percent. Approximately 53,600 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. The August national unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent from July to 5.1 percent.

“The economy is such a dynamic system that it is really no surprise to see small movements from one month to the next,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Utah’s economy is still operating at full employment, with strong job growth across diverse industries.”

Nine of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in August as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry shed 800 positions.

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality (12,800 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (9,600 jobs)
  • Education and Health Services (9,400 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality (9.7 percent)
  • Education and Health Services (5.5 percent)
  • Professional and Business Services (5.1 percent)

Chief Economist Carrie Mayne shares insights into August's numbers in this quick video:

For more information visit our Labor Market Employment Update web pages.