Utah's Employment Summary: April 2018



Utah’s employment for April 2018 grew by an estimated 3.4 percent, adding 49,400 jobs to the economy since April 2017. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,510,800. No revision was made to March’s year-over job growth rate.


April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from the prior month at 3.1 percent. Approximately 48,600 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.9 percent.


“Healthy expansion continues to be the theme driving Utah’s economy,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “The sustained combination of strong job growth and low unemployment indicates Utah’s labor market is operating at an optimal level.”


Utah’s private sector employment grew by 3.7 percent year-over with the addition of 45,300 positions. Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in April, while Natural Resources and Mining lost 200 jobs and Other Services lost 600 jobs.


The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (11,600 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (9,100 jobs)
  • Construction (7,100 jobs)


The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Construction (7.5 percent)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (4.8 percent)
  • Professional and Business Services (4.5 percent)


Chief Economist Carrie Mayne shares her analysis of the April employment report in this quick video:



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



Following the release of the April 2018 employment numbers for the state of Utah, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows Utah is ranked No. 1 for total job growth in the U.S. at 3.4 percent. In addition, Utah is ranked No. 1 for private sector job growth at 3.7 percent. For unemployment, Utah is ranked No. 11 at 3.1 percent.


BLS data shows Utah rankings as follows:


TOTAL JOB GROWTH

(1)  Utah – 3.4 percent

(2)  Nevada – 3.1 percent

(2)  Idaho – 3.1 percent


PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH

(1)  Utah – 3.7 percent

(2)  Texas – 3.4 percent

(3)  Idaho – 3.2 percent

(3)  Nevada – 3.2 percent

(3)  Oregon – 3.2 percent


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

(1)  Hawaii – 2.0 percent

(2)  New Hampshire – 2.6 percent

(2)  North Dakota – 2.6 percent

(4)  Maine – 2.7 percent

(5)  Iowa – 2.8 percent

(5)  Nebraska – 2.8 percent

(5)  Vermont – 2.8 percent

(5)  Wisconsin – 2.8 percent

(9)  Colorado – 2.9 percent

(9)  Idaho – 2.9 percent

(11)  Utah – 3.1 percent



*Source: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.toc.htm