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Utah’s metropolitan areas are among the most employed in the nation

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Unemployment rose in Utah’s metropolitan areas, but unemployment rates were still well below nearly every other state.

Driving the news: Federal unemployment figures released Wednesday show that all five Utah metropolitan areas — urban areas with at least 50,000 residents — had unemployment rates of 2.6% or lower in June.

  • Only four other states had lower rates for all of their metropolitan areas: New Hampshire, Vermont, and North and South Dakota.

By the numbers: Logan’s unemployment rate — 2.2% — was the lowest in the state and tied for 11th among the nation’s 396 cities.

  • Provo-Orem tied at No. 17, at 2.3%.
  • Salt Lake City and Ogden-Clearfield tied for 22nd at 2.4%
  • At 2.6%, St. George had the 35th lowest unemployment rate.

Rollback: Utah’s unemployment rate is consistently low, so its cities’ unemployment numbers had less room to fall than in other states.

  • Metro Utah’s unemployment rates have fallen by less than 1%, while most workers nationwide live in cities where unemployment has fallen by at least 2%.
  • Only Grand Island, Nebraska, and Yuma, Arizona, have seen smaller declines than Logan’s decline of just 0.2% since June 2021.

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Mary Cashion

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