Utah's Employment Summary: December 2015

Utah’s employment for December 2015 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 43,300 jobs to the economy as compared to December 2014. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,408,500.

December’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from last month at 3.5 percent. Approximately 50,700 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate showed no change from November, coming in at 5.0 percent.

“Our state continues to post above-average job growth despite a moderating trend in the latter months of 2015,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “December 2014's winter was mild, allowing sectors like construction to continue growing. This December’s more normal winter softened that growth, yielding the 3.2 percent overall.”

Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in December as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry shed 1,100 positions and Other Services shed 1,500 positions.

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Education and Health Services (11,300 jobs)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (8,700 jobs)
  • Manufacturing (4,900 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Information (8.3 percent)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (6.6 percent)
  • Education and Health Services (6.3 percent)

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


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