Utah's Employment Summary: April 2021

The following statistics are presented comparing April 2019 to April 2021

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for April 2021 increased an estimated 2.3% across the past 24 months, with the state’s economy both returning and adding a cumulative 35,600 jobs since April 2019. Utah’s current employment level stands at 1,589,900. Utah’s March year-over job change is unrevised at 0.9%.

April’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 2.8%, with approximately 46,600 Utahns unemployed. Utah’s March unemployment rate is unchanged at 2.9%. The April national unemployment rate inched upward to 6.1%.

“A year ago, COVID-19 closed significant portions of Utah’s economy,” reported Mark Knold, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Evaluating this year’s open economy against last year’s partially-closed economy does not illuminate Utah’s underlying economic progression. We will be better served comparing the current economy against two years ago; a time before the COVID-19 distortions. In that vein, Utah’s current employment count is 2.3% higher than recorded in April 2019. A typical year’s worth of Utah employment growth has taken two years to accomplish—commendable given the intervening COVID-19 disruption.”

Utah’s April private sector employment recorded a two-year expansion of 3.6%. Eight of Utah’s 10 major private-sector industry groups posted net two-year job gains, led by Professional and Business Services (15,700 jobs); Construction (11,900 jobs); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (9,800 jobs); and Financial Activities (8,800 jobs). Two industry groups with less employment than two years ago are Leisure and Hospitality Services (-7,600 jobs); and Natural Resources (-1,400 jobs).

Largest private sector gains in past two years:
  • Professional and Business Services: 15,700 jobs
  • Construction: 11,900 jobs
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities: 9,800 jobs
Largest private sector losses during the past two years:
  • Leisure and Hospitality Services: -7,600 jobs
  • Natural Resources: -1,400
State rankings:
  • Utah 2.8%
  • Nebraska 2.8%
  • New Hampshire 2.8%
  • South Dakota 2.8%
  • Vermont 2.9%
  • Idaho 3.1%
  • Kansas 3.5%
  • Alabama 3.6%
  • Montana 3.7%
  • Iowa 3.8%
Total Job Growth
  1. Michigan 21.3%
  2. Nevada 17.7%
  3. Rhode Island 16.4%
Private Sector Job Growth
  1. Michigan 25.7%
  2. Vermont 20.4%
  3. Nevada 20.3%