Say “Hello” to Our New Occupational Projections Methodology

Projected Replacement Openings Increase Dramatically

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

“The most reliable way to forecast the future is to try to understand the present.” -John Naisbitt

The Utah Department of Workforce Services regularly releases industry and occupational projections to assist Utahns making career, education and business-planning decisions. We’ve marginally tweaked the projections methodology over the decades; but, “the time’s they are a-changin.” With the release of our new short-term projections in March, you might notice significant upward movement in the number of projected openings. We believe the result improves our occupational projections.

Utah has adopted the new estimation methodology implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its recent 2016-2026 national occupational projections roll-out. What does this mean for Utah’s upcoming occupational projections? More...

USOR Cedar City Office to Relocate to New Location

The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation office in Cedar City will be moving into a new location at 176 East 200 North in Cedar City starting March 30, 2018.

The Cedar City office will be co-located with the Department of Workforce Services Employment Center to provide a variety of resources and services to our clients. Our staff is excited to better serve our clients and partners in a new location. More...

Utah's Employment Summary: January 2018

Utah’s employment for January 2018 grew by an estimated 2.9 percent, adding 41,300 jobs to the economy since January 2017. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,473,300. December’s year-over job growth was revised from 2.7 percent to 3.1 percent.

January’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from the prior month to 3.1 percent. Approximately 49,200 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged from December at 4.1 percent. More...