The defense industry continues to play a significant role in Utah's economy.
Research released Thursday by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute showed the defense industry directly and indirectly supported 109,000 jobs, almost 6 percent of the state total. The $9.2 billion in economic activity it generated represented 6.2 percent of Utah's gross domestic product, said Juliette Tennert, institute director of economic and public policy research.
"Utah's defense industry," she noted, has an "impact in every county in the state. With the Trump Administration's recent proposals to increase defense spending, this could mean additional money and jobs for Utahns."
The Gardner Institute study was commissioned by the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs and the Utah Defense Alliance, an organization of government agencies and private companies that support defense and aerospace-related industries.