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Utah Employment Rate On Steady Climb in July

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The number of Utahns with non-farm jobs grew by an estimated 3.6 percent in July. That’s equal to nearly 46-thousand jobs. The Utah Department of Workforce Services released its employment numbers for July today Friday.  DWS Chief Economist Carrie Mayne says it’s the highest growth so far this year.

“Our largest job gains were in the construction industry, trade, transportation and utilities and in education services,” says Mayne.

It was another great month for Utah in terms of job growth. Mayne says all 10 private sector industries showed job gains during the period.

“By showing growth in all these different industries, we know that that growth can move ahead despite maybe some bumps in the road for any individual industry,” Mayne says.

July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate registered 3.6 percent, a one-tenth percentage point increase from June. Mayne downplayed that uptick in the jobless figure. She says expansion in the labor market is strong enough that new job seekers are likely to be successful.

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