Utah's Employment Summary: April 2019



Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for April 2019 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 48,600 jobs to the economy since April 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,555,400. March’s year-over job growth rate of 3.0 percent was revised up to 3.1 percent.


April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.9 percent is down from March’s 3.0 percent and marks the lowest rate in Utah since December 2007. Approximately 46,000 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during the month. The national unemployment rate lowered two percentage points to 3.6 percent. This is the nation’s lowest unemployment rate since 1969.


“Utah’s combination of strong job growth and markedly low unemployment mirrors the robust economic climate last seen in 2007,” reported Mark Knold, Senior Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Given these conditions, this is the most favorable Utah job market in 12 years for college and high school graduates to be seeking employment.”


Utah’s private sector employment grew by 3.5 percent year-over with the addition of 43,800 positions. All 10 of the private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in April.


The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality (9,000 jobs)
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (7,900 jobs)
  • Education and Health Services (6,900 jobs)


The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Information (6.2 percent)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (6.0 percent)
  • Manufacturing (4.6 percent)


Listen to Senior Economist Mark Knold as he breaks down the April 2019 employment report:


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




SALT LAKE CITY (May 17, 2019) — Following the release of the April 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 3.2 percent. In addition, Utah is ranked No. 2 for private sector job growth at 3.5 percent. For unemployment, Utah is ranked No. 9 at 2.9 percent, tied with Massachusetts, Nebraska and Virginia.


BLS data shows Utah rankings as follows:


TOTAL JOB GROWTH

(1)  Nevada – 3.8 percent

(2)  Utah – 3.2 percent

(3)  Arizona – 2.8 percent


PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH

(1)  Nevada – 4.2 percent

(2)  Utah – 3.5 percent

(3)  Washington – 3.4 percent


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

(1)  Vermont – 2.2 percent

(2)  North Dakota – 2.3 percent

(3)  Iowa – 2.4 percent

(3)  New Hampshire – 2.4 percent

(5)  Hawaii – 2.8 percent

(5)  Idaho – 2.8 percent

(5)  South Dakota – 2.8 percent

(5)  Wisconsin – 2.8 percent

(9)  Utah – 2.9 percent

(9)  Massachusetts – 2.9

(9)  Nebraska – 2.9 percent

(9)  Virginia – 2.9 percent


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