More Utahns finding jobs, report says

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FILE – The monthly report from the Utah Department of Workforce Services showed April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady from March at 3.1 percent. The national jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percent from March to 4.4 percent.

SALT LAKE CITY — More Utahns are entering the workforce and getting jobs, a new report stated.

The monthly report from the Utah Department of Workforce Services showed that April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady from March at 3.1 percent, with about 49,200 Utahns identified as unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. Nationally, the jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point from March to 4.4 percent.

The state’s nonfarm payroll employment for April 2017 grew by an estimated 3.3 percent, adding 46,700 jobs to the economy since April 2016. Utah’s current employment level registers at 1,468,700.

“Utah’s labor market continues to grow at a healthy pace,” said DWS chief economist Carrie Mayne. “New entrants to the state’s labor force continue to be hired by employers who are adding jobs and expanding their economic footprint.”

She noted that while the unemployment rate has remained flat, the number of people looking for work is rising.

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