Utah's Employment Summary: June 2020

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for June 2020 contracted by an estimated 2.8%, with 43,100 jobs sidelined compared to the June 2019 employment. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,515,200. Utah’s May year-over job change has been revised down two-tenths of a percentage point to -5.0%.

June’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 5.1%. Approximately 85,700 Utahns were unemployed during June. Utah’s May unemployment rate has been revised upward a tenth of a percentage point to 8.6%. The national unemployment rate for June lowered to 11.1%.

“June’s employment assessment continues building upon May’s improvement,” reported Mark Knold, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Businesses continue to bring back furloughed workers. Across the past two months, just under half of the COVID-idled workers have been returned to work. These gains, in turn, have cut the unemployment rate in half in two months.”

Utah’s private sector employment contraction continued easing in June, with the year-over setback lessening to -2.7%. Three of 10 private-sector major industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job gains in June, these being:

  • Construction (9,700 jobs)
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities (1,400 jobs)
  • Financial Activities (600 jobs)

The remaining eight industry groups posted employment declines. These were most impactful in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality Services (-32,400 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (-8,400 jobs)
  • Manufacturing (-1,900)

Listen to Chief Economist Mark Knold share his analysis of the July 2020 employment report:

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SALT LAKE CITY (July 17, 2020) — Following the release of the June 2020 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 -2.8%, tied with Idaho. In addition, Utah is ranked No. 2 for private sector job growth at -2.7%. For unemployment, Utah is ranked No. 2 at 5.1%.

BLS data shows Utah rankings as follows:


(1)  Utah:  -2.8%

(1)  Idaho:  -2.8%

(3)  Arizona:  -3.3%

(4)  Mississippi:  -4.6%


(1)  Idaho:  -2.4%

(2)  Utah:  -2.7%

(3)  Arizona:  -3.2%


(1)  Kentucky:  4.3%

(2)  Utah:  5.1%

(3)  Idaho:  5.6%

(4)  North Dakota:  6.1%

(5)  Maine:  6.6%

(5)  Oklahoma:  6.6%

(7)  Nebraska:  6.7%

(8)  Montana:  7.1%

(9)  South Dakota:  7.2%

(10)  Alabama:  7.5%

(10)  Kansas:  7.5%

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