Agricultural Employment

The employment statistics typically used to assess the health of the overall economy do not include most agricultural employment. Fortunately, the Census of Agriculture, conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture once every five years, gives a better picture of the agricultural sector. The most recent data, covering 2012, were released in May 2015 and showed that there were nearly 47,000 jobs in agriculture in Utah in 2012 — more than 3.5 percent of total employment.

This interactive data tool provides detail about employment and incomes on workers in the agricultural sector. It melds information from three sources: The state of Utah’s unemployment insurance system, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Census. For an agricultural profile of your county go here.


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