Utah’s Employment Summary: September 2021

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

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for September 2021 increased an estimated 3.4% across the past 24 months, with the state’s economy adding a cumulative 53,600 jobs since September 2019. Utah’s current employment level stands at 1,625,200.


September’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 2.4%, with approximately 40,100 Utahns unemployed. Utah’s August unemployment rate was lowered to 2.5%. The September national unemployment rate continued to decline, registering 4.8%. More...

Utah’s Economic Performance During The Pandemic Recession

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

“The One with COVID-19”

If the recent economic downturn were an episode of Friends, it would be titled “The One with COVID-19.” The pandemic recession was unprecedented in modern history. The economic deterioration proved sudden, extreme and profound. More importantly, this downturn was not created by the variations of the business cycle, but resulted from public health directives aimed at curbing the spread of illness and death. Whether you call it a virus-cession or a pandemic recession, this economic downturn evidenced a unique pattern. More...

New 2021 Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty in Utah

By Britnee Johnston, report author

The Tenth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty, Welfare Dependency and Public Assistance Use was released this week by the Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission and marks a special 10-year milestone of collecting data and building awareness around Utahns living in poverty. Over the past decade, Utah has identified trends, which has guided various organizations in developing plans and improving programs to help families break the cycle of poverty. The full report can be viewed here.

This report builds upon years of multi-agency partnerships and collective efforts to provide insightful data about individuals and families experiencing intergenerational poverty (IGP). This includes a comprehensive look at annual child well-being data indicators in early childhood development, education, family economic stability, and health. More...