Utah employment in March 2017 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 45,700 jobs to the economy since March 2016. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,455,600.
March’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady from February at 3.1 percent. Approximately 47,700 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point from February to 4.5 percent.
“Job growth continues at a firm pace, providing additional employment opportunities across multiple industries,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Utahns looking to improve their employment situation should take advantage of Utah’s expansionary economy.”
Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in March as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry decreased by 900 positions and the Information industry shed 600 positions.
The largest private sector employment increases were in:
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (8,700 jobs)
- Professional and Business Services (8,200 jobs)
- Education and Health Services (6,800 jobs)
The fastest employment growth occurred in:
- Leisure and Hospitality Services (4.7 percent)
- Construction (4.7 percent)
- Professional and Business Services (4.2 percent)
For more information visit our Labor Market Employment Update web pages.