Utah's Employment Summary: February 2019



Employment for February 2019 grew by an estimated 2.8 percent, adding 42,400 jobs to the economy since February 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,536,300. No revisions were made to January’s job growth rate.


February’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point from the prior month to 3.0 percent. Approximately 48,300 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point from last month to 3.8 percent.


“Over the past several years Utah’s economy has enjoyed moderate, sustainable growth,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “February's numbers show a continuation of this trend, with healthy job growth and low unemployment.”


Utah’s private sector employment grew by 3.1 percent year-over with the addition of 38,500 positions. Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in February, while Other Services showed no change and Construction lost 300 jobs year-over.


The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (10,400 jobs)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (8,700 jobs)
  • Education and Health Services (6,100 jobs)


The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Information (7.4 percent)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (6.0 percent)
  • Natural Resources (4.4 percent)


Chief Economist Carrie Mayne breaks down the February 2019 employment report in this quick video:



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




Following the release of the February 2019 employment numbers for the state of Utah, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows Utah is ranked No. 2 for total job growth in the U.S. at 2.8 percent. In addition, Utah is ranked No. 2 for private sector job growth at 3.1 percent, tied with Arizona. For unemployment, Utah is ranked No. 11 at 3.0 percent, tied with Massachusetts.

BLS data shows Utah rankings as follows:


TOTAL JOB GROWTH

(1)  Nevada – 3.5 percent

(2)  Utah – 2.8 percent

(3)  Arizona – 2.7

(3)  Idaho – 2.7 percent


PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH

(1)  Nevada – 3.7 percent

(2)  Utah – 3.1 percent

(2)  Arizona – 3.1 percent

(3)  West Virginia – 3.0


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

(1)  Iowa – 2.4 percent

(1)  New Hampshire – 2.4 percent

(1)  North Dakota – 2.4 percent

(1)  Vermont – 2.4 percent

(5)  Hawaii – 2.7 percent

(6)  Nebraska – 2.8 percent

(7)  Idaho – 2.9 percent

(7)  South Dakota – 2.9 percent

(7)  Virginia – 2.9 percent

(7)  Wisconsin – 2.9 percent

(11)  Utah – 3.0 percent

(11)  Massachusetts – 3.0


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