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...





Utah's Employment Summary: September 2019



Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for September 2019 grew by an estimated 3.0 percent, adding 45,400 jobs to the economy since September 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,578,900. August’s year-over job growth is unrevised at 3.0 percent.


September’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate lowered one-tenth of a percentage point to 2.7 percent. Approximately 43,400 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during September. The national unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.5 percent. More...