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Salt Lake City, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salt Lake City fell 1.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Salt Lake City peaked in April 2020 at 11.3% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Salt Lake City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Utah 8.5% -1.9 +5.8
Salt Lake City 9.5% -1.8 +6.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2020 at 75,262. There are now 11,689 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Salt Lake City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salt Lake City, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Salt Lake City 63,573 -11,689 +45,849

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
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 9.5% 63,573
April
2020
14.7% 10.4% 11.3% 75,262
March
2020
4.4% 3.8% 3.8% 25,438
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 16,335
January
2020
3.6% 2.5% 2.4% 16,247
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 15,812
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.4% 15,914
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.4% 16,080
September
2019
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 16,304
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.5% 16,591
July
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.5% 16,958

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.