SALT LAKE CITY — The number of working Utahns increased significantly last month compared with the same period last year.
Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for July grew by an estimated 3.6 percent, adding 45,900 jobs to the economy since July 2013. The state’s current employment level registered at a little more than 1.3 million.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate registered at 3.6 percent, a one-tenth percentage point increase from the previous month. About 51,800 Utahns were considered unemployed last month and actively seeking work.
The national unemployment rate also increased one-tenth from June, climbing to 6.2 percent for the month.
“July’s 3.6 percent growth is the highest thus far in 2014, both in terms of rate and numerical change compared to 2013,” said Carrie Mayne, chief economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “While the size of the labor force has contracted slightly over the last four months, job growth is strong and job seekers are generally finding employment opportunities.”
The report showed that all 10 private sector industry groups measured in the monthly survey posted net job increases in July as compared with the same month last year. The largest employment gains were in construction, adding 8,200 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, which added 7,800 jobs; and education and health services, adding 5,800 new jobs during the month.