Utah’s employment for December 2015 grew by an estimated 3.2
percent, adding 43,300 jobs to the economy as compared to December 2014. Utah’s
current employment level registers 1,408,500.
December’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from last
month at 3.5 percent. Approximately 50,700 Utahns were unemployed in the month
and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate showed no change from
November, coming in at 5.0 percent.
“Our state continues to post above-average job growth
despite a moderating trend in the latter months of 2015,” reported Carrie
Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “December
2014's winter was mild, allowing sectors like construction to continue growing.
This December’s more normal winter softened that growth, yielding the 3.2
Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in
the establishment survey posted net job increases in December as compared to
last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry shed 1,100 positions
and Other Services shed 1,500 positions.
The largest private sector employment increases were in:
- Education and Health Services (11,300 jobs)
- Leisure and Hospitality (8,700 jobs)
- Manufacturing (4,900 jobs)
The fastest employment growth occurred in:
- Information (8.3 percent)
- Leisure and Hospitality (6.6 percent)
- Education and Health Services (6.3 percent)
Our Chief Economist Carrie Mayne breaks down the numbers in
this quick video:
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