Unemployment Numbers by County

Little has changed in county unemployment rates from last month. Uintah County remained steady at 8.7 percent. Duchesne County ticked up slightly from 8 to 8.2 percent. And Daggett County dropped slightly from 4.4 to 4.3 percent. State unemployment remained the same at 3.1 percent while nationally unemployment rose from 4.6 to 4.7 percent. Division of Workforce Services reports that Utah’s job growth rate of 2016 is over 3.5 percent, demonstrating the state’s strong job growth and economic position. Only two industry groups in the state decreased in 2016. Not surprisingly, the Natural Resources and Mining industry decreased by 900 positions. The other to decrease was the Information Industry by 100 positions. The largest employment increases were in Professional and Business Services, Education and Health Services and Financial Activities. 

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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.