Utah's Employment Summary: July 2015

Summer has proven to be a strong season for Utah’s economy: Jobs for July 2015 grew by an estimated 4.5 percent, adding 59,100 jobs to the economy as compared to July 2014. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,371,800.

July’s unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percent from last month to 3.6 percent — compared to the national unemployment rate unchanged at 5.3 percent. Approximately 53,000 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work.

“The summer hiring season is ending on a high note with the addition of 59,100 jobs to the state’s economy,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “With such a strong job growth rate, any small uptick in the unemployment rate is likely a reflection of churn as workers move through the labor market seeking new and better employment opportunities.”

Nine of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in July as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry shed 800 positions.

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality (13,700 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (11,700 jobs)
  • Education and Health Services (9,600 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality (10.5 percent)
  • Professional and Business Services (6.3 percent)
  • Education and Health Services (5.7 percent)

Our Chief Economist Carrie Mayne breaks down the numbers in this quick video:

For more information visit our Labor Market Employment Update web pages.