Utah unemployment rate down slightly in April

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah’s unemployment rate improved slightly last month by falling two-tenths of a percent, and Gov. Gary Herbert has declared Utah is free from the recession.

The state’s newest labor statistics show 64,000 people, or 4.7 percent of the workforce, was jobless in April.

Utah’s rate has consistently stayed below the national unemployment rate, which was at 7.5 percent last month.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services says the largest job increases in April from the year before were in the transportation industry, professional and business services and the leisure and hospitality industry.

Herbert says in a statement Friday that Utah is “fully out of the recession” and is a model of economic recovery to the rest of the country.

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