Utah's Employment Summary: June 2016

Utah’s employment for June 2016 grew by an estimated 3.5 percent, adding 48,500 jobs to the economy as compared to June 2015. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,427,800.

June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two tenths from May to 4.0 percent. Approximately 59,200 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.9 percent.

“Utah’s economy exhibits all the signs of robust growth and tightening labor markets,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Job seekers are responding to business demand by entering the market and searching for work, nudging up the unemployment rate in the midst of an expansion.”

Nine of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in June as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry decreased by 1,000 positions.

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities (9,600 jobs)
  • Education and Health Services (8,900 jobs)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (8,600 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality (6.3 percent)
  • Construction (6.0 percent)
  • Financial Activities (5.8 percent)

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

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