Utah's Employment Summary: September 2016

Utah’s September 2016 employment grew by an estimated 2.9 percent, adding 39,800 jobs to the economy as compared to September 2015. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,434,200.

September’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined three-tenths from August to 3.4 percent. Approximately 50,700 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate crept up one tenth of a percentage point from August to 5.0 percent.

“Utah’s employment has grown by a robust amount compared to 2015 levels,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “The unemployment rate is now exhibiting a downward trend, showing the responsiveness of our state’s labor market to the needs of our expanding businesses.”

Nine of the 10 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 decreased by 800 positions.

The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Education and Health Services (8,200 jobs)
  • Financial Activities (6,300 jobs)
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities (6,000 jobs)

The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Financial Activities (7.9 percent)
  • Education and Health Services (4.4 percent)
  • Manufacturing (3.5 percent)

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

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