Utah jobless rate increased slightly in March

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah’s unemployment rate increased slightly last month, the first time since last July the rate has climbed instead of falling.

The Department of Workforce Services announced Friday that the state’s jobless rate for March was 4.1 percent, up from 3.9 percent the month before.

The rate is still well below the national level, which has held steady for two months at 6.7 percent.

The March 2014 rate is also down eight-tenths of a percent from the same month a year earlier, when the rate was 4.9 percent.

DWS reports Utah has continued to add jobs but rate of job growth remains below a long-term average.

The trade, transportation and utilities industry added the most new jobs in March, gaining 8,400 jobs.

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