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For Immediate Release
Contact: Aimee Edwards
Utah ranked number one in job growth for fourth consecutive month
SALT LAKE CITY (June 19, 2015) – Utah posted the highest job growth rate in
the nation for total and private sector job growth for the fourth
consecutive month. According to new data released today
, the state of
Utah ranked first for total job growth at 3.8 percent and first for private
sector job growth at 4.5 percent.
“Utah’s economic model is working,” said Gov. Herbert. “Our economy
continues to grow in strength and diversity, and businesses recognize Utah
is the place they want to invest and expand. That’s good news for all
Here is how Utah compares with the rest of the nation:
Utah ranked first in the nation for year-over total job growth at 3.8
percent. Washington ranked second at 3.7 percent, followed by Florida at
3.4 percent and Nevada at 3.3 percent.
Utah ranked first in the nation for private sector job growth at 4.5
percent. Washington ranked second at 4 percent and Florida was third at 3.9
Utah had the third lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 3.5
percent. States with lower rates were Nebraska at 2.6 percent and North
Dakota at 3.1 percent.
Utah’s unemployment rate of 3.5 percent remained two percentage points
below the national rate of 5.5 percent and ranked third in the nation last
month. While the Utah unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percentage point
from April to May, this was accompanied by the fifth consecutive month of
accelerating labor force expansion. Nine of ten private sector industry
groups posted net job increases during the month of May.
For more information visit jobs.utah.gov.
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