Helping Teens is Big Business in Washington County

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

“Make no mistake, adolescence is a war. No one gets out unscathed.” Harlan Coben

When I first moved to southern Utah nearly 23 years ago, I immediately noticed a flourishing industry in residential teen treatment centers. However, collecting data about these businesses is not easy. Why? Typically, economists use the federally sanctioned coding structures to easily track industry-level employment statistics. But, coding structures don’t necessarily group all these businesses under one code; plus, their assigned codes also include many other employers, which don’t necessarily serve a teen cliental. The labor-intensive task of collecting information on these businesses required individually examining a large database of employers to extract information. Here are the results. More...

Utah's Employment Summary: October 2019

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for October 2019 grew by an estimated 3.3%, adding 51,200 jobs to the economy since October 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,593,200. September’s year-over job growth is unrevised at 3.0%.

October’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate lowered two-tenths of a percentage point to 2.5%. Approximately 41,000 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during October. The national unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.6%. More...

Apprenticeship Job Fair Offers Earn-and-Learn Job Opportunities

National Apprenticeship Week is Nov. 11-17 and Workforce Services hosted  an Apprenticeship Job Fair to connect job seekers with employers. More than 30 sponsors and 250 job seekers attended the job fair.

Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with relevant classroom instruction, allowing apprentices to develop valuable skills without accruing student loan debt. More...