Utah's Employment Summary: March 2019



Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for March 2019 grew by an estimated 3.0 percent, adding 45,100 jobs to the economy since March 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,546,300. February’s year-over job growth rate of 2.8 percent was revised up to 2.9 percent.


March’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.0 percent is unchanged from February and marks the lowest rate in Utah since early 2008. Approximately 47,200 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during the month. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged from the prior month at 3.8 percent.


“Utah has led the nation in its rate of job growth during the nearly 10 years since the Great Recession,” reported Mark Knold, Senior Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “The current 3.0 percent growth continues that trend and there is little on the immediate horizon to suggest it will soon change.”


Utah’s private sector employment grew by 3.2 percent year-over with the addition of 40,600 positions. Nine of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in March. Other Services contracted by 200 jobs.


The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality (8,900 jobs)
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (8,600 jobs)
  • Education and Health Services (6,000 jobs)


The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Information (6.7 percent)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (6.0 percent)
  • Natural Resources (4.3 percent)


Senior Economist Mark Knold shares his analysis of the March 2019 employment report:



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SALT LAKE CITY (April 19, 2019) — Following the release of the March 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 3.0 percent. In addition, Utah is ranked No. 2 for private sector job growth at 3.2 percent, tied with Washington. 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 – 3.2 percent

(2)  Utah – 3.0 percent

(3)  Arizona – 2.4 percent

(3)  Florida – 2.4 percent

(3)  Idaho – 2.4 percent

(3)  Washington – 2.4 percent

(3)  West Virginia – 2.4 percent


PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH

(1)  Nevada – 3.5 percent

(2)  Utah – 3.2 percent

(2)  Washington – 3.2 percent

(3)  West Virginia – 3.0 percent


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

(1)  North Dakota – 2.3 percent

(1)  Vermont – 2.3 percent

(3)  Iowa – 2.4 percent

(3)  New Hampshire – 2.4 percent

(5)  Hawaii – 2.8 percent

(5)  Nebraska – 2.8 percent

(5)  South Dakota – 2.8 percent

(8)  Idaho – 2.9 percent

(8)  Virginia – 2.9 percent

(8)  Wisconsin – 2.9 percent

(11)  Utah – 3.0 percent

(11)  Massachusetts – 3.0


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