Utah's economy sailed along in March, supporting 45,700 more jobs than it did a year earlier, a solid 3.2 percent year-over-year growth rate.
The state's unemployment rate held steady at 3.1 percent, among the nation's best, the Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Friday. About 47,700 unemployed Utahns are actively seeking work, said Carrie Mayne, the department's chief economist, while the state's employment total climbed to 1,455,600.
"Job growth continues at a firm pace, providing additional employment opportunities across multiple industries," she added. "Utahns looking to improve their employment situation should take advantage of Utah's expansionary economy."
Employment gains were recorded in eight of 10 private sector categories, led by trade, transportation and utilities (8,700 jobs); professional and business services (8,200 jobs) and education and health services (6,800 jobs).