Utah's unemployment rate inched up from 4 percent in February to 4.1 percent in March, but Utah Department of Employment Security officials are quick to note the latest figure is 1.2 percent lower than March 1988.

According to the latest department unemployment report, the number of Utahns unemployed in March stood at 37,000, which is 85 percent of the number a year ago. Since last October, Utah's unemployment figure has remained near 4 percent and the trend indicates that the net population out-migration is slowing and may have ended.Employment growth in Utah's transportation, communication and public utilities industries was slightly lower in March because of the Eastern Airlines strike, which put more than 600 people working in the Western regional reservation center out on the street.

In the past 12 months, Utah's nonagricultural employers have created 25,700 jobs, a 4 percent increase.

Utah's key manufacturing industry continued its rapid employment growth in the past year because 5,900 new jobs were added, a 6.2 percent increase. About 3,800 of these were in the durable goods sector and 1,700 of these were in the miscellaneous area of sporting goods, medical instruments, furniture and wood, stone, clay and glass products.

The trade industry in Utah had a moderate growth in the past 12 months with 6,700 new jobs created. They are concentrated in variety and department stores (2,200), restaurants (1,500) and wholesale trade (1,500).

In construction, employment is only 200 higher than a year ago.