Utah's Employment Summary: July 2016

Utah’s employment for July 2016 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 43,800 jobs to the economy as compared to July 2015. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,413,600. 

July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth from June to 3.9 percent. Approximately 58,600 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate held steady from June to July at 4.9 percent.  

“Strong job growth continues throughout many parts of the state,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Opportunities abound for job seekers to find gainful employment in a wide range of career fields.”

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 decreased by 1,000 positions.

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Education and Health Services (8,900 jobs)
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities (8,000 jobs)
  • Construction (6,400 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Construction (7.3 percent)
  • Financial Activities (6.7 percent)
  • Education and Health Services (5.0 percent)

Listen to Chief Economist Carrie Mayne break down this month’s report:

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