And the Winner for the Fastest-Growing County in Utah is...

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

“Long-term economic growth depends mainly on nonmonetary factors such as population growth and workforce participation, the skills and aptitudes of our workforce, the tools at their disposal, and the pace of technological advance.” –Jerome Powell

U.S. Census Bureau releases 2018 county population estimates

The U.S. Census Bureau just released population estimates for counties and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) across the United States. Utah ranked as the third fastest-growing state in the nation, behind only neighbors Idaho and Nevada. Not surprisingly, many of Utah’s counties also grew at a rapid rate.

However, only Wasatch County ranked in the top 10 nationally for percentage growth in 2018. In general, the South took the most growth honors — most notably Texas and Florida. Two of Utah’s MSAs ranked among the fastest growing metros in the country. The St. George, UT MSA ranked third, with the Provo-Orem MSA just making the list at number 10. More...

Utah's Employment Summary: March 2019

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for March 2019 grew by an estimated 3.0 percent, adding 45,100 jobs to the economy since March 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,546,300. February’s year-over job growth rate of 2.8 percent was revised up to 2.9 percent.

March’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.0 percent is unchanged from February and marks the lowest rate in Utah since early 2008. Approximately 47,200 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during the month. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged from the prior month at 3.8 percent. More...

Some Facts About Utah’s Veterans May Surprise You

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

“Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.”

–Rodney Frelinghuysen

The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey provides a wealth of information about the country’s veterans right down to the county level. The accompanying visualization and bullet points outline some of the pertinent facts about Utah’s population with past military service. More...