Utah Employment Update

New employment numbers are in from the Division of Workforce Services showing that Utah closed 2016 in a strong economic position. Utah’s nonfarm employment for December grew by 2.8 percent from a year before, adding 40,000 jobs to the economy since December 2015. Total employment registered at 1,447,900. The state unemployment rate remained unchanged from the month before at 3.1 percent meaning approximately 47,200 Utahns were unemployed but actively seeking work in December. Nationally, the unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.7 percent. “Utah closes the year on a positive note with strong job growth and low unemployment,” shares Chief Economist Carrie Mayne. “Once all the data benchmarking has been completed, the state will likely record an annual average job growth rate of more than 3.5 percent for 2016.” 


Kristin Baldwin

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.