Utah's Employment Summary: November 2015

2015 has proven to be a strong year for Utah’s economy: Jobs for November 2015 November 2015 grew by an estimated 3.6 percent, adding 48,400 jobs to the economy as compared to November 2014. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,404,800.

November’s unemployment rate dropped one tenth of a percentage point from last month to 3.5 percent — compared to the national unemployment rate unchanged at 5.0 percent. Approximately 51,500 Utahns were unemployed in the month and actively seeking work. More...


Workforce Wednesday: Innovating Work-based Learning

Six years ago—in the height of the Great Recession—what Utah’s economy needed most of all was jobs. Fast-forward to today, and you’ll see a state economy that is vibrant and growing, thanks to many consecutive months of strong, diverse job growth and low unemployment rates.

But with the robust job market comes the need for workers to fill all these jobs. That’s why, in addition to the many workforce development tools we already employ, we’re excited to participate with other state partners in the 2016 Policy Academy on Work-based Learning. This academy, part of the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices, will help states like Utah incorporate work-based learning into current development programs. The NGA press release available here has more information. More...


Workforce Wednesday: Following up after the job interview

For jobseekers, a lot rides on the job interview itself. This is an opportunity for both the applicant and employer to ask questions and see if the other is a good fit. The ultimate success of an interview can often be aided by effectively following up afterward.

Skipping down to page 53 in our Smart Start Guide, you’ll see a section on being proactive after the interview (page 10 if you just have the PDF of the chapter on interviewing). Here are a few of the tips: More...