Utah's Employment Summary: September 2015

Utah’s employment grew in September 2015 by an estimated 3.9 percent, adding 51,700 jobs to the economy as compared to September 2014. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,392,800.

September’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percent from last month to 3.6 percent. Approximately 53,400 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. The September national unemployment rate remained unchanged from August at 5.1 percent.

“Utah’s labor market conditions continue on a favorable path for both job seekers and employers,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Despite the unemployment rate holding below 4 percent for 21 consecutive months, job growth continues to outperform the long-run average.”

Nine of the ten private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in September as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry shed 1,000 positions.

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Education and Health Services (10,000 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (9,300 jobs)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (9,300 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Information (7.5 percent)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (7.2 percent)
  • Construction (6.1 percent)

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

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