Utah's unemployment rate stayed at 3.3 percent in September, meaning about 36,200 residents were without a job, according to a Friday report from the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

"The September rate reflects the ongoing health and stability of Utah's economy," said Ken Jensen, the department's chief economist. "Except for July's 3.6 percent, Utah's jobless rate has been at or below 3.3 since December 1996."Nationally, the unemployment rate rose to 4.6 percent and job growth slumped to its lowest level in nearly three years in September.

The seasonally adjusted rate, up from 4.5 percent during the three previous months, was the highest in six months, the Labor Department said Friday. It had hit a 28-year low of 4.3 percent in April and May.

The year-over increase in the number of Utah's non-farm jobs was 2.8 percent for September.