Utah’s Economy: A Brief Look at Job Growth in Two of Utah’s Fastest Growing Counties

uteconBoth Utah and Washington Counties have had exceptional job growth over the past several years. Seldom does a county achieve double-digit growth in employment, but for three consecutive years (2004-2006) prior to the Great Recession, Washington County’s job market averaged 10 percent growth. At the time, Washington County had a labor market of 50,000 jobs. That level of growth is extraordinary, even for a county with a small employment base. No other major county in Utah’s history has had a similar period of sustained, high level job growth.

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