Every so often, it’s beneficial to look at where you’ve been and how far you’ve come — and that’s particularly true when looking at the economy. From the depths of the recession just a few short years ago to our sustained economic growth today, Utah’s economic comeback story is one that has drawn a lot of attention.
This is because job growth above three percent isn’t common for state economies. But really it’s not the number that matters, it’s what that number represents for Utah jobseekers and their families. The October 16 employment report shows that Utah’s economy added 51,700 jobs over the past year. That’s tens of thousands of new opportunities for Utahns looking for an opportunity to work and contribute to the economy.
Not only is this growth significant and sustained, it is also diverse. Nearly every private sector industry is growing in Utah. Such an array of new jobs across so many fields means that Utahns with diverse interests and skillsets can choose from a wide number of new opportunities to suit their needs.
Our focus is to connect Utah families with these numerous opportunities. Our job seeker page links to many resources that can help anyone looking for that next step in their career. When barriers stand in the way of Utahns taking advantage of that opportunity, we work with them to overcome those challenges. Whether it’s a lack of education or job skills, poverty, or a myriad of other roadblocks, we’re committed to working with Utahns to help them move into a better economic situation.
We’re more optimistic than ever about the health of our economy and the potential of our workforce. For more information about the resources available visit jobs.utah.gov.
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