UTAH, Sept. 17, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah’s unemployment rate remained at 2.6% for August, which is the same as for July, officials said Friday.
The state’s economy added a cumulative 55,700 jobs since August 2019, said a news release from Utah Department of Workforce Services. Utah’s current employment level stands at 1,614,800.
August’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is estimated at 2.6%, with approximately 42,600 Utahns unemployed, the news release said. Utah’s July unemployment rate is unchanged at 2.6%. The July national unemployment rate continued to lower, settling at 5.2%.
“Utah’s recent three-month employment surge peaked last month” reported Mark Knold, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “August’s two-year growth rate of 3.8% is down from July’s 4.2%. This moderation parallels a slight national economic slowing. With the Delta variant ramping up, consumer spending has lessened. It is still robust but pulling back a bit. Such a reaction is not unusual given the variant’s unknowns. The economic slowing however, should not develop into an economy breaker.”
Utah’s August private sector employment recorded a two-year expansion of 4.7%. Six of Utah’s 10 major private-sector industry groups posted net two-year job gains, led by professional and business services with 20,200 jobs, trade, transportation and utilities with 16,800 jobs, constructionwith 11,300 jobs, and manufacturing with 8,900 jobs.
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County unemployment rates for August will post on or shortly after Sept. 20, here.
September’s employment information will be released at 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22.