Utah's low unemployment numbers hide job deficit

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 3, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    "Why do the liberals express such great angst over Utah's low unemployment rate? "

    Who is having "great angst"... I haven't read or heard anyone say a thing. I think you are looking for persecution in too many places.

    Utah is doing well because it is cheap. It has cheap land. It has a cheap labor force. Zoning is pro-business. It has a relatively well educated workforce. Why wouldn't it be doing well. It doesn't have an agricultural or manufacturing legacy. I don't think anyone is surprised by this. It has nothing to do with being deeply conservative else states like South Carolina or Mississippe would also have low employments rates. But these states do have heve dead or dying legacy workforces that have been left behind, who are largely under educated.

    Utah is in a great position moving forward, and eventually the wages will rise to meet demand.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 3, 2012 6:20 a.m.

    Is there some kind of financial benefit for government, politicians, and economist to lie about unemployment? We people are not so easily fooled by the lies and misinformation that is being reported because we are in the pits of poverty in Utah. Income rates of Utah are 50% lower than the national average.

    That alone explains why Utah is not recovering or growing, except for the welfare department offering $50k/jobs as dependents of government. Obama has proven welfare is economic growth of 1.3% but the only problem of that is welfare depletes the economy by 5.7% in lost working incomes. Working incomes generate a 7% ratio of growth.

    Our state leaders think that cottage industry small home business are good for the economy, but it's a cover-up job to hide the fact these people can't find a job to support their family.

    Another relevant fact often left out of the economy are local and national inflation rates related to imports that are hurting our families and economy ability to have expendable incomes and have to work 2+ jobs to remain self sufficient.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 2, 2012 10:07 p.m.

    Why do the liberals express such great angst over Utah's low unemployment rate? They should be grateful that it isn't as high as California's.

    How many women in Utah are stay-at-home mothers by choice?

  • Trooper55 Williams, AZ
    April 2, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    ah, I am not trooper 55. I was signed in under my own account and somehow got shitched over while browsing through the articles. I am singing out but wanted you to be aware of the problem.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 2, 2012 4:22 p.m.


    the calculations system being used by the federal government now is the same calculation system that has always been used so the numbers are reflective of where we are compared to where we have been in the past, apples to apples, its that simple. However, the article writer wants to compare apples and cantaloupes because it makes for a more compelling argument.

  • mcgilm SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 2, 2012 2:53 p.m.


    The numbers being reported are the same numbers that all administrations have used, but since it's a Democrat in the WH, it must be a coverup.

    Any person with half a brain knows the unemployment numbers don't account for people that have given up looking for work, have run out of unemployment benefits, or are underemployed.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 2, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    Re: non believer

    Are you suggesting that our national unemployment rate may be higher than Obama is telling us?

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 2, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    This is the best bit from dear Joey...

    "Before the recession, Utah’s total work force was at 1.25 million in 2008, but fell 5.1 percent to 1.19 million in 2009. Since then, Utah has recovered to 1.21 million in 2011, but that doesn’t account for amount of young people who aged into the labor force during the three-year recovery period."

    And where exactly is the accounting for those who have retired, dropped out of the workforce, for good? We kept hearing about the impending doom from the baby boomers as they retire, and we don't have enough young people to replace the retiring population. We'll, here is proof that at least in some part, that wave has arrived.

    But we will ignore that little fact, because it doesn't support the prescribed dialog the DN wants to promote of bad news regardless of the news. Evidently the Baby Boomer bust is not longer an issue anymore.

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    April 2, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    It is funny how when the Republicans are in control of the White House, they use the same numbers for unemployment as the current administration...... its only when they are not in Power that we see all of these other figures and calculations to denounce the reported unemployment rate. I never heard all of these factors while Geroge W was in office? Yet its clear the same process was happening while he was in office? It's pretty clear that Joey Ferguson is a devote Republican!