Utah’s Economy: What Makes Utah a High Growth State

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After what looked like a trend toward lower levels of job growth in 2014, Utah’s economy caught a second wind in 2015, increasing its number of jobs by nearly 50,000. The positive momentum has also carried into 2016. March’s 3.3 percent increase was the fifteenth consecutive month of job growth beyond Utah’s long-term rate. From 1954-2015, the average annual growth rate for non-farm employment in Utah was 3.17 percent – a record very few states can match. Only Nevada, Arizona, and Florida have higher long-term rates; and only one state, Idaho, outperformed Utah in 2015 (4.1 percent increases vs. Utah’s 3.6 percent).

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