Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for June 2015 grew by an estimated 4.5 percent, adding 59,200 jobs to the economy as compared to June 2014. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,387,800.
June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from last month at 3.5 percent. Approximately 51,700 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate dropped two tenths of a percentage point to 5.5 percent in June.
“June was an especially strong month for job growth in our state,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Year-over, 56,900 private sector jobs were created in the state, more than any other month since the Great Recession.”
Nine of the ten private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in June as compared to last year; the Natural Resources and Mining industry contracted by 900 positions.
The largest private sector employment increases were in:
Leisure and Hospitality (13,200 jobs)
Professional and Business Services (12,300 jobs)
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (8,900 jobs)
The fastest employment growth occurred in:
Leisure and Hospitality (10.1 percent)
Information (7.2 percent)
Professional and Business Services (6.7 percent)
Carrie Mayne breaks down the numbers in this short video:
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