The U.S. Census Bureau Releases County Population Estimates for 2019

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

“Any time you have population growth, there are business opportunities.” Roland Dorson

Next year, actual counts from the decennial census will be available

Hopefully, all Utahns are taking a break from COVID-19 concerns to respond (by phone, online or by mail) to their 2020 Census questionnaires. Since the Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are spent, accurate counts are important in order for Utah’s communities to get their “fair share.”

Because the actual counts are not yet available, the U.S. Census Bureau has just released the last set of population estimates for the decade. What do they show? More...

How does Workforce Services use data from the American Community Survey?

In Utah, we’re gearing up for the 2020 Census. Most people are familiar with the Census and expect to see notices about it every 10 years. But, what many people may not be as familiar with is the annual American Community Survey, administered by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Recently, local TV news coverage highlighted the potential confusion citizens may have when receiving a notice to participate in the American Community Survey. More...

Utah's Employment Summary: January 2020

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for January 2020 grew by an estimated 2.9%, adding 44,900 jobs to the economy since January 2019. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,568,600. December’s year-over job growth has been revised down to 2.9%.

January’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 2.5%. End-of-year revisions and updated population estimates combined for a slight upward unemployment rate adjustment. Approximately 40,000 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during January. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5%. More...