Utah's Employment Summary: April 2017

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for April 2017 grew by an estimated 3.3 percent, adding 46,700 jobs to the economy since April 2016. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,468,700.

April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady from March at 3.1 percent. Approximately 49,200 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point from March to 4.4 percent.

“Utah’s labor market continues to grow at a healthy pace,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “New entrants to the state’s labor force continue to be hired by employers who are adding jobs and expanding their economic footprint.”

Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in April as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry decreased by 800 positions and the Information industry shed 300 positions.

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (10,700 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (9,200 jobs)
  • Education and Health Services (7,500 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Professional and Business Services (4.6 percent)
  • Leisure and Hospitality Services (4.2 percent)
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (4.0 percent)

Chief Economist, Carrie Mayne, explains the numbers in this quick video:

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Following the release of the April 2017 job numbers for the state of Utah, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows Utah is ranked No. 1 for total job growth in the U.S. at 3.3 percent (tied with Nevada). In addition, Utah is ranked No. 1 for private sector job growth at 3.5 percent. For unemployment, Utah is ranked No. 8 at 3.1 percent.

BLS data shows Utah rankings as follows:


(1) Utah – 3.3 percent

(1) Nevada – 3.3 percent

(3) Georgia – 2.6 percent


(1) Utah – 3.5 percent

(2) Nevada – 3.4 percent

(3) Georgia – 2.8 percent

(3) Florida – 2.8 percent


(1) Colorado 2.3

(2) Hawaii 2.7

(2) North Dakota 2.7

(4) New Hampshire 2.8

(4) South Dakota 2.8

(6) Maine 3.0

(6) Nebraska​ 3.0

(8) Iowa 3.1

(8) Utah 3.1

(8) Vermont 3.1

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.toc.htm