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Salt Lake City, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salt Lake City fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Salt Lake City peaked in February 2010 at 7.8% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Salt Lake City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Utah 3.2% -0.1 0.0
Salt Lake City 3.0% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Salt Lake City, Utah, National

Salt Lake City, Utah monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Salt Lake City, Utah Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Salt Lake City peaked in April 2010 at 45,274. There are now 25,542 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,203 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,529. Salt Lake City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salt Lake City, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Salt Lake City 19,732 -485 +298

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salt Lake City, Utah Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Utah
Unemployment Rate
Salt Lake City
Unemployment Rate
Salt Lake City
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.2% 3.0% 19,732
October
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.1% 20,217
September
2017
4.2% 3.4% 3.2% 20,994
August
2017
4.4% 3.5% 3.3% 21,576
July
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.3% 22,040
June
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.4% 22,772
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.3% 21,704
April
2017
4.4% 3.1% 3.2% 21,107
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 3.0% 19,500
February
2017
4.7% 3.1% 2.9% 18,803
January
2017
4.8% 3.1% 2.8% 18,203

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.