Utah unemployment drops to 5.7 percent

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  • libertarian Cedar City, UT
    March 8, 2012 2:01 p.m.

    I'm sure the method of counting unemployed in Utah is similar to that of the Fed.Gov, they conveniently count only NEW unemployment claims and ignore everything else. I know a number of people who STILL can't find work. 5% is considered the point that everyone that WANTS to work can find a job and we are FAR from that. Those that are "lucky" enough to find something are settling for a $10/hr job to replace the $20/hr one that they lost. The economy "appears" to be getting better because companies are raising their prices while paying less for labor, and pocketing the difference.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 4, 2012 4:57 a.m.

    The accuracy of this claim leaves a lot of doubt to its validity. I would think this number is a lie and deceptive and really doesn't mean a thing. Unemployment is just a number that states and government use to deceive the public.

    Then if unemployment goes down so should welfare dependence but that is not happening, in fact with more jobs and workers we also have a higher number of people seeking welfare.

    Then with these 30,000 new jobs, how many went to unemployed? How many went to under employed. How many went to the already employed as one of their multiple jobs? More than half of Utahans with jobs must work several jobs to live in poverty. A single job household is so far below poverty it can't even be measured excetp as a welfare dependent. So want it all means is that jobs do not equate to a growing economy, they just verify the level of poverty we live in. Adding 1,000 middle income jobs would add 70,000 middle income jobs. Adding prosperity increase growth and jobs to an improving economy.

    The real indicator of value in the economy are incomes and debt to income ratios. In Utah this debt to income ratio is we have more debt than we have income, its an inverted economy that is being pushed backwards to levels and standards of the 1930's. With one exception, in the 1930's we didn't have debt mixed in with the economy. And this is the one factor preventing the truth from emerging about the state of affairs of government and individuals.

    Unemployment numbers are meaningless, high wages and prosperity sell and build houses and factories. Poverty is level of decay of a society, and we are at rock bottom. If poverty got any better we would have to shut down all our power plants to keep our lights off.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 3, 2012 8:07 p.m.

    and this is different then in the past how exactly? this is the way the data has been collected for a very long time. The point being it may not be a totally accurate assessment of where we are now but it is a good assessment of where we are compared to other points in the past and tells us what direction we are moving in.

  • NeedsVacation Tampa, FL
    March 3, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    These institutionalized articles regarding unemployment applications misrepresent the severity of the employment crisis and only suggest less people are losing their jobs. We need new job production.

    Finding the Unemployment Rate:
    The Census Bureau does a survey of 60,000 households every month asking if household occupancies are employed, looking for work etc, and the Census Bureau doesnÂt verify the informationÂs validity.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 2, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    If I were to believe some of those who post here, I could only conclude that the State of Utah has now become complicit in the attempt by the Obama administration to post false numbers and is supporting his attempt to proclaim himself dictator of the socialist republic of America.

    Fortunately most are sane enough to acknowledge, even if they don't like it, that the economy is healing, and that by November on election day, the voting environment could be very different. Or the bottom could drop out again. Who knows..... but it is frustrating that there are many who find good news for America is bad news for America - at least the Republican side of it.