Utah's Employment Summary: April 2016

Utah’s employment for April 2016 grew by an estimated 3.4 percent, adding 46,500 jobs to the economy as compared to April 2015. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,415,800.

April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two tenths from March to 3.7 percent. Approximately 54,800 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment showed no change from March to April, holding at 5.0 percent.

“Strong wage and employment growth is drawing job seekers into Utah’s labor markets,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “The immediate result is an increase in the unemployment rate, but given the rate of business expansion in our state, it is highly likely the unemployed job seekers will become employed members of the workforce.”

Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in April as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry decreased by 1,100 positions and Other Services decreased by 900 positions.

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Education and Health Services (10,800 jobs)
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities (9,400 jobs)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (6,500 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Construction (6.2 percent)
  • Financial Activities (6.0 percent)
  • Education and Health Services (5.9 percent)

Chief Economist, Carrie Mayne, explains the numbers in this quick video: 

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