April 2015 continued the trend of strong economic indicators for Utah's workforce and businesses. Jobs grew by an estimated 4.0 percent, adding 52,500 jobs to the economy as compared to April 2014. Utah's current employment level registers 1,347,700.
The unemployment rate for April remained on par with March 2015, measuring 3.4 percent. Approximately 49,700 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.4 percent for the month.
"Our state's economy is growing at a steady and robust pace," reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. "Thus far in 2015, the number of unemployed has remained under 50,000 and an average of 53,000 jobs has been added per month."
Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in April as compared to last year. Other Services showed no job growth, and Natural Resources and Mining contracted by 600 positions. The largest private sector employment increases were in:
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (13,500 jobs)
- Professional and Business Services (8,800 jobs)
- Leisure and Hospitality (8,000 jobs)
The fastest employment growth occurred in:
- Construction (7.2 percent)
- Leisure and Hospitality (6.2 percent)
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (5.4 percent)
Carrie Mayne explains the data in this quick video:
For more information visit our Labor Market Employment Update web pages.