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Hispanic and Latinx people made up 13% of Utah’s unemployment claims in April, according to the state’s Department of Workforce Services. 

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Utah, along with the rest of the country, continues to see huge spikes in the number of workers filing for unemployment claims. 

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Thursday evening, March 26, 2020

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Erica Ridd worked at a restaurant called Punch Bowl Social in Salt Lake City until last Monday — when she got an email telling her she’d been laid off. 

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Friday evening, Jan. 24, 2020

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The number of employed Utahns for February 2018 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 45,700 non-farm payroll jobs to the economy since February 2017.

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Utah companies can’t find enough qualified workers to fill the ranks according to a new report from the non-partisan research group Utah Foundation.

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The Utah Department of Workforce Services released its employment numbers for August on Friday.

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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.

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Utah’s unemployment rate for March ticked slightly up from February to 4.1% but that isn't necessarily a bad sign. The rate increased two tenths of a percent from February’s unemployment rate of 3.9%. But Utah Department of Workforce Services Economist Mark Knold says it’s actually a sign that Utah’s economy is improving.

Utah Unemployment drops to 3.9%

Mar 7, 2014
Dan Bammes

  Utah’s unemployment rate dropped below four percent in February for the first time since 2008.

Governor Gary Herbert was beaming as he went before the TV cameras this morning to say Utah’s unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent, compared to a national rate of 6.7 percent.  The statewide rate of job growth is at 2.8 percent.

Utah Job Growth Outpaces the Nation

Aug 16, 2013
Dan Bammes

  Utah’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in July, and the number of jobs was expanding at an annual rate of 3.5 percent.  That’s a strong employment picture compared to the rest of the country, but Jonathan Springmeyer with Bonneville Research says it’s not keeping pace with Utah’s population.

“While we are back to where we were before the recession, it doesn’t count all the people that have entered into the job market," Springmeyer tells KUER.  "Jobs are improving, but we’re still not keeping up with growth.”

Utah Teen Struggles to Find Summer Job

Jul 30, 2013

While Utah and the country may be climbing out of a recession, many young people are not feeling the recovery.  A recent analysis by the Center for American Progress found that more than 10 million youth are unable to find full-time work. 17-year-old Fiona Boomer of Ogden wrote to us at KUER about her difficulty finding summer employment, and we asked her to keep a journal in her quest to find a job.  This is Fiona’s story.

Unemployment in Utah dipped to 4.7 percent last month, the state’s lowest rate since November 2008. Utah also added more jobs, prompting Governor Gary Herbert to declare the recession over in the state. 

Utah’s job growth in April was 3.5 percent, more than double the national average. Over one year, 43,000 jobs have been added. Juliette Tennert is Chief Economist in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. 

While Congress works to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, there is another deadline looming.  Emergency unemployment insurance benefits are set to expire Saturday unless Congress acts.  The US Department of Labor estimates this will impact over 2 million Americans, including about 4100 Utahns. 

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson attacks Republican congressional candidate Mia Love’s fiscal record, the Utah Department of Workforce Services expands unemployment benefits, and acclaimed poet Mayda Del Valle visits Salt Lake Community College.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Reinstated in Utah

Sep 24, 2012

The Utah Department of Workforce Services announced Monday that some Utahn’s will again have access to additional unemployment insurance.