Utah's Employment Summary: June 2019



Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for June 2019 grew by an estimated 3.0 percent, adding 45,200 jobs to the economy since June 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,561,400. May’s year-over job growth rate was revised up from 2.9 percent to 3.0 percent.


June’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 2.8 percent is down from May’s 2.9 percent. A year ago, the unemployment rate was 3.1 percent. Approximately 45,500 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during the month. The national unemployment rate ticked up one percentage point to 3.7 percent.


“The Utah economy remains strong and continues to absorb and employ labor at a fast pace,” reported Mark Knold, Senior Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “The unemployment rate has lowered to 2.8 percent, the lowest in more than 12 years. It is remarkable that Utah can still grow the employment base by 3.0 percent given this extremely tight labor market.”


Utah’s private sector employment grew by 3.2 percent year-over with the addition of 40,200 positions. All 10 of the private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in June.


The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Education and Health Services (9,900 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (8,600 jobs)
  • Manufacturing (6,300 jobs)


The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Education and Health Services (5.0 percent)
  • Manufacturing (4.7 percent)
  • Information (4.4 percent)


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


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SALT LAKE CITY (July 19, 2019) — Following the release of the June 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.3 for private sector job growth at 3.2 percent, tied with Washington. For unemployment, Utah is ranked No. 5 at 2.8 percent, tied with Hawaii and Idaho.


BLS data shows Utah rankings as follows:


TOTAL JOB GROWTH

(1)  Nevada – 3.4 percent

(2)  Utah – 3.0 percent

(3)  Arizona – 2.8 percent


PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH

(1)  Nevada – 3.6 percent

(2)  Arizona – 3.3 percent

(3)  Utah – 3.2 percent

(3) Washington – 3.2 percent


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

(1)  Vermont – 2.1 percent

(2)  North Dakota – 2.3 percent

(3)  Iowa – 2.4 percent

(4)  New Hampshire – 2.5 percent

(5)  Utah – 2.8 percent

(5)  Hawaii – 2.8 percent

(5)  Idaho – 2.8 percent

(8)  South Dakota – 2.9 percent

(8)  Virginia – 2.9 percent

(8)  Wisconsin – 2.9 percent

(11) Colorado – 3.0 percent

(11)  Massachusetts – 3.0 percent

(11)  Nebraska – 3.0 percent


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