County Unemployment Update

The latest data from the Department of Workforce Services confirm that unemployment rates are continuing the downward trend in the Uintah Basin. Duchesne County dropped from 8.3 percent in August to 8 percent in September while Uintah County decreased from 9.2 percent to 8.9 percent. Daggett County fell one-tenth of a percent landing at 4.6 percent. The state unemployment fell three-tenths of a percent to 3.4 percent while nationally there was a slight increase to 5 percent unemployment. Nine of the ten private sector industries in the state posted net job increases in September as compared to last year. The only industry to register a drop is the Natural Resources and Mining industry that has decreased by 800 positions compared to one year ago. The largest sector employment increases were in Education and Health Services followed by Financial Activities which currently has the fastest employment growth at 7.9 percent.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.