Unemployment in Utah improves slightly to 2.7%

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has improved slightly to 2.7%.

The Utah Department of Workforce Solutions released the latest monthly employment figures Friday. About 43,365 Utahns actively were looking for work in September.

Unemployment was at 2.8% in August.

The department’s report also shows non-farm jobs in the state grew by 3% over a year, with 45,400 jobs added since September 2018.

Chief economist Mark Knold says Utah is on strong economic footing, especially within the private sector. That sector grew by 3.2% over a year, with 41,100 jobs added.

All 10 of the private sector major industry groups the department surveyed posted net job increases in September. The fastest employment growth was in information, construction, and education and health services.

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