Utah's Employment Summary: December 2019



Employment in Utah for December 2019 grew by an estimated 3.3%, adding 50,400 jobs to the economy since December 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,599,500. November’s year-over job growth is revised upward two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.5%.


December’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate lowered one-tenth of a percentage point to 2.3%. This becomes Utah’s lowest recorded unemployment rate. Approximately 37,900 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during December. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5%. More...





Utah's Employment Summary: November 2019



Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for November 2019 grew by an estimated 3.3%, adding 51,600 jobs to the economy since November 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,595,800. October’s year-over job growth is unrevised at 3.3%.


November’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate lowered one-tenth of a percentage point to 2.4%. This matches Utah’s lowest recorded unemployment rate, only seen before in early 2007. Approximately 39,200 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during November. The national unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.5%. More...





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...