Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for September 2019 grew by an estimated 3 percent, adding 45,400 jobs to the economy since September 2018.
Utah’s current employment level registers 1,578,900, which leaves an unemployment rate of some 2.7 percent across the state.
Sevier County’s unemployment rate saw a drop, going from 3.7 percent in September 2018 to 2.9 percent in 2019.
Piute and Wayne counties, which are at 4.9 and 5.1 percent, respectively, have the highest unemployment rates in the state, according to the Utah Division of Workforce Services.
However, both counties have seen a drop in unemployment in the past year. Wayne’s has dropped from 5.6 percent and Piute’s from 5.4 percent.
“Utah is moving into the latter months of 2019 on a strong economic footing,” said Mark Knold, chief economist at the Utah DWS. “The strength of the Utah economy is in the private sector where we’ve seen a healthy and diverse job market over the last five years.”
Utah’s private sector employment grew by 3.2 percent year-over with the addition of 41,100 positions.
All 10 of the private sector major industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in September.
The largest private sector employment increases were in education and health services, accounting for 9,400 jobs; professional and business services (8,400 jobs); and manufacturing (5,500 jobs). The fastest employment growth occurred in information (4.9 percent); construction (4.7 percent); and education and health services (4.5 percent).