Utah Employment Report

The latest report from the Department of Workforce Services shows that Utah’s economy continues to grow. According to Friday’s announcement, employment for Utah grew in October by 3 percent over the year bringing Utah’s current employment level to 1,443,700. October’s unemployment rate also declined two-tenths from the month before to 3.2 percent while the national unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percent to 4.9 percent. “The creation of more than 40,000 jobs in Utah’s economy is an excellent way for the state to transition into the winter economy,” shares DWS Chief Economist Carrie Mayne. “In addition, the state continues to operate at a low level of unemployment, signaling the potential for sustained growth well into 2017.” While Basin counties are reporting higher unemployment than most of the state, unemployment rates have slowly been ticking down in recent months. Updated unemployment rates by county are scheduled for release early this week. 

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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.