Utah's unemployment rate of 5.3 percent for April was the same as the month before, state officials said, again equaling the lowest unemployment in the state in eight years.

Roughly 40,900 Utahns were out of work in April, according to figures compiled by Utah's Department of Employment Security.From a year ago April, Utah's jobless rate has dropped 1.3 percentage points, while the number of unemployed has fallen by more than 18 percent in the past 12 months, the department said.

Despite low unemployment, non-agricultural job growth remains stagnant as April's 644,600 non-farm jobs were only a 1.4 percent improvement over the same period last year.

The year-to-year increase amounted to 8,200 positions, down slightly from the increases in February and March.