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Utah's Employment Summary: November 2017



Employment in Utah for November 2017 grew by an estimated 2.9 percent, adding 42,100 jobs to the economy since November 2016. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,498,100. October’s year-over job growth was revised from 2.7 percent to 2.8 percent.


November’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from the prior month to 3.2 percent. Approximately 50,300 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged from October at 4.1 percent.


“The year is winding down on an economic high note with the addition of more than 40,000 jobs in the state,” reported Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “Coupled with a low unemployment rate, Utah will transition to 2018 on a strong labor market trajectory.”


Utah’s private sector employment grew by 3.1 percent year-over with the addition of 37,200 positions. Eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in November as compared to last year, while the Natural Resources and Mining industry decreased by 400 positions and the Information industry gained no positions.


The largest private sector employment increases were in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality (9,000 jobs)
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (6,500 jobs)
  • Professional and Business Services (6,200 jobs)
  • Education and Health Services (6,200 jobs)


The fastest employment growth occurred in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality (6.7 percent)
  • Construction (5.1 percent)
  • Other Services (4.9 percent)


Chief Economist Carrie Mayne breaks down November’s employment report in this quick video:



For more information visit our Labor Market Employment Update web pages.





Following the release of the November 2017 job numbers for the state of Utah, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows Utah is ranked No. 1 for total job growth in the U.S. at 2.9 percent. In addition, Utah is ranked No. 1 for private sector job growth at 3.1 percent. For unemployment, Utah is tied with Wisconsin for No. 11 at 3.2 percent.


BLS data shows Utah rankings as follows:


TOTAL JOB GROWTH

(1)  Utah – 2.9 percent

(2)  Texas – 2.7 percent

(2)  Nevada – 2.7 percent

(3)  Florida – 2.4 percent

(3)  Idaho – 2.4 percent


PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH

(1)  Utah – 3.1 percent

(2)  Texas – 2.9 percent

(3)  Florida – 2.6 percent

(3)  Nevada – 2.6 percent


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

(1)  Hawaii – 2.0 percent

(2)  North Dakota – 2.6 percent

(3)  Nebraska – 2.7 percent

(3)  New Hampshire – 2.7 percent

(5)  Colorado – 2.9 percent

(5)  Idaho – 2.9 percent

(5)  Iowa – 2.9percent

(5)  Vermont – 2.9 percent

(9)  Minnesota – 3.1 percent

(9)  Tennessee – 3.1 percent

(11) Utah – 3.2 percent

(11) Wisconsin – 3.2 percent


*Source: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.toc.htm