Utah's Employment Summary: November 2015

2015 has proven to be a strong year for Utah’s economy: Jobs for November 2015 November 2015 grew by an estimated 3.6 percent, adding 48,400 jobs to the economy as compared to November 2014. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,404,800.

November’s unemployment rate dropped one tenth of a percentage point from last month to 3.5 percent — compared to the national unemployment rate unchanged at 5.0 percent. Approximately 51,500 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work.

“Utah continues to enjoy favorable labor market conditions,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Expansion across the majority of industries means opportunities abound for Utah’s job seekers.”

Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in November as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry shed 1,100 positions and Other Services shed 1,400 positions. 

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Education and Health Services (9,100 jobs)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (7,900 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (7,900 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Information (7.6 percent)
  • Construction (7.3 percent)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (6.2 percent)

Chief Economist Carrie Mayne breaks down the numbers in this quick video:

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