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Utah added 32,200 jobs in February

Published March 24, 2014 9:31 am

Employment • State experiences 3.2 percent unemployment rate.
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Utah's unemployment rate continues to be well below the U.S. rate as the state continues to grow non-farm jobs.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services issued its monthly employment summary for February Friday and the news was mostly good.

Utah companies added 32,200 jobs in February, a 2.5 percent increase from February of 2013. The agency said 1,301,200 Utahns currently have jobs, while about 57,100 Utahns remain unemployed and are actively seeking work.

The national unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged from January, increasing one-10th to 6.7 percent. Utah's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady from January at 3.3 percent, according to the report.

The largest employment increases in the private sector occurred in trade, transportation and utilities, which added 7,700 jobs; leisure and hospitality, which added 5,200 jobs, and government, which added 4,200 jobs.

Information lost 100 jobs over the past year, while natural resources and mining posted no change.

The report said Utah's current growth rate of 2.5 percent is below the state's long-run average of 3.1, but well above the 1.7 average the state has experienced since September of 1997 when it first reached the million-job threshold.

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