Utah's Employment Summary: December 2019



Employment in Utah for December 2019 grew by an estimated 3.3%, adding 50,400 jobs to the economy since December 2018. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,599,500. November’s year-over job growth is revised upward two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.5%.


December’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate lowered one-tenth of a percentage point to 2.3%. This becomes Utah’s lowest recorded unemployment rate. Approximately 37,900 Utahns were unemployed and actively seeking work during December. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5%.


“Utah culminates 2019 with a resilient and convincing employment picture,” reported Mark Knold, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “The economy continues adding to multiple years of robust job creation. This dynamic has carried Utah to its lowest recorded unemployment rate. The job market is humming along at a feverish pace and is absorbing as much labor as possible.”


Utah’s private sector employment grew by 3.6% year-over with the addition of 46,700 positions. Nine of the 10 private sector major industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in December, with only the Other Services group adding no net jobs.


The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Education and Health Services (12,400 jobs)
  • Construction (9,700 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (7,500 jobs)


The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Construction (9.5%)
  • Education and Health Services (6.0%)
  • Leisure and Hospitality Services (3.8%)


Listen to Chief Economist Mark Knold break down the December 2019 employment report:


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







SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 24, 2020) — Following the release of the December 2019 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 3.3%. In addition, Utah is ranked No. 1 for private sector job growth at 3.6%. For unemployment, Utah is ranked No. 1 at 2.3%, tied with South Carolina and Vermont.


BLS data shows Utah rankings as follows:


TOTAL JOB GROWTH

(1)  Utah – 3.3%

(2)  Arizona – 2.9% 

(2)  Idaho – 2.9%

(3)  Texas – 2.7%


PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH

(1)  Utah – 3.6%

(2)  Arizona – 3.2% 

(2)  Idaho – 3.2%

(3)  Texas – 3.1%


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

(1)  Utah – 2.3%

(1)  South Carolina – 2.3%

(1)  Vermont – 2.3%

(4)  North Dakota – 2.4%

(5)  Colorado – 2.5%

(6)  Hawaii – 2.6%

(6)  New Hampshire – 2.6%

(6)  Virginia – 2.6%

(9)  Alabama – 2.7%

(9)  Iowa – 2.7%


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