Utah's Employment Summary: June 2021

The following statistics are presented comparing June 2019 to June 2021.

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for June 2021 increased an estimated 3.3% across the past 24 months, with the state’s economy both returning and adding a cumulative 51,300 jobs since June 2019. Utah’s current employment level stands at 1,603,500.

June’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 2.7%, with approximately 44,200 Utahns unemployed. Utah’s May unemployment rate is unchanged at 2.7%. The June national unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.9%.

“The summer months have brought a firm awakening to the Utah economy,” reported Mark Knold, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “The two-year job growth measure increased from 2.3% in May 2021 to 3.3% in June 2021. A full percentage-point increase in essentially one month speaks to the rapid re-emergence of Utah’s economy, despite rumblings of labor shortages. The amount of job growth in the past month implies that, even with labor scarce, a decent amount of new labor has been found.”

Utah’s June private sector employment recorded a two-year expansion of 4.3%. Six of Utah’s 10 major private-sector industry groups posted net two-year job gains, led by Professional and Business Services (17,900 jobs); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (16,400 jobs); Construction (13,100 jobs); and Manufacturing (8,200 jobs). Four industry groups with less employment than two years ago are Leisure and Hospitality Services (-6,900 jobs); Other Services (-1,800); Natural Resources and Mining (-1,400 jobs); and Information (-800 jobs).
Largest private sector gains in past two years:
  • Professional and Business Services: 17,900 jobs

  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities: 16,400 jobs

  • Construction: 13,100 jobs

  • Manufacturing: 8,200 jobs

Largest private sector losses during the past two years:
  • Leisure and Hospitality Services: -6,900 jobs

  • Other Services: -1,800

  • Natural Resources and Mining:-1,400 jobs

State rankings:

  • Nebraska 2.5%

  • Utah 2.7%
  • New Hampshire 2.9%
  • South Dakota 2.9%
  • Idaho 3.0%
  • Vermont 3.1%
  • Alabama 3.3%
  • Kansas 3.7%
  • Montana 3.7%
  • Oklahoma 3.7%

Total Job Growth

  1. Nevada 12.0%

  2. New Jersey 10.1%
  3. Massachusetts 9.3%

Private Sector Job Growth

  1. Nevada 12.9%

  2. New Jersey 11.7%
  3. Hawaii 10.8%

Statistics generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C., modeled from monthly employer (employment) and household (unemployment) surveys.