State Employment Report

The state of Utah continues to report a healthy economy on the whole. The latest data from the Department of Workforce Services reports that employment for September grew by 2.9 percent, adding 39,800 jobs to the economy compared to one year ago. The state unemployment rate dropped by three-tenths of a percent to 3.4 percent. The national unemployment rate made a slight shift up from the month before landing at 5 percent. “Utah’s employment has grown by a robust amount compared to 2015 levels,” shares DWS Chief Economist Carrie Mayne. “The unemployment rate is now exhibiting a downward trend, showing the responsiveness of our state’s labor market to the needs of our expanding businesses.” Unemployment numbers by county have yet to be released for the month. For August, Duchesne County reported 8.8 percent unemployment and Uintah County reported a 9.5 percent unemployment rate. Both counties have been on a gradual downward trend.

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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.