County Unemployment Update

Updated county unemployment rates show little change from the month before. According to the data released by the Department of Workforce Services this week, Duchesne County ticked down from 8.3 to 8.2 percent. Uintah County also lowered by one-tenth of a percent from 9.2 to 9.1 percent. Daggett County stayed at a steady 4.7 percent. The state unemployment shifted from 3.4 to 3.2 percent while the nation’s unemployment ticked from 5 to 4.9 percent. 9 out of 10 private sector groups posted net job increases compared to one year ago with only the Natural Resources and Mining industry posting a decrease by 1,200 positions. The largest employment increases were seen in Trade, Transportation and Utilities with an additional 9,500 jobs, followed by Education and Health Services with an additional 8,400 jobs. The fastest growing industry is in Financial Activities with a jump over the year of 8.5 percent. Utah’s current employment level is 1,443,700.

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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.