Utah cities rank among the best for unemployment rates


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  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    June 11, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    Let's not forget how much federal money is spent in Utah, including the new, super-sized, NSA super-spy center. Secret Combinations, right in your own back yard. Oh, my!

  • mountainlocal Brooklyn, NY
    June 11, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    While there may be low unemployment in Utah, there is a more disturbing trend. Wall St 24/7 recently reported data from the Brookings Institute which indicated Utah's two largest metro areas, Salt Lake and Provo, have among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the entire country. That is to go along with Utah's dubious distinction as a bankruptcy capitol.

    What the two reports in conjunction suggest is that while there are jobs, many do not pay a livable wage that can provide basic necessities for families. There is an accepted culture of slave wages, where the majority of jobs available are less than 15-dollars-an-hour without benefits. You might have enough to keep you nose above water, eat and live, but never enough to save or pay for your kids to go college. There might be more reasons that the state was deemed as "Best for Business".

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    June 11, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    Are you looking behind the numbers? If everyone is self employed in some multilevel marketing scheme are they really employed? Why not look at FICA tax per worker?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 11, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    While I believe these cities probably do have the best unemployment rates, I do believe you could probably double the reported stat for any city as that is the probable reality. A lot of people have given up looking for work and thus not reported. Also, there is the problem of underemployment where once a head of household had a decent paying job but is now in a much lower paying job, probably in the service industry. I still think things are pretty bad out there economically and the "recovery" is a myth. Plus, for most people wages are stagnant and those owning small businesses can probably attest profits are flat, yet inflation still exists.