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Salt Lake City, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salt Lake City rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Salt Lake City peaked in April 2020 at 11.3% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Salt Lake City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Utah 4.3% +0.2 +1.9
Salt Lake City 4.6% +0.3 +2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 2020 at 75,262. There are now 44,093 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 29,552 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,617. Salt Lake City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salt Lake City, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Salt Lake City 31,169 +1,617 +15,255

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
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 4.3% 4.6% 31,169
October
2020
6.9% 4.1% 4.3% 29,552
September
2020
7.8% 5.0% 5.4% 37,656
August
2020
8.4% 4.1% 4.6% 30,662
July
2020
10.2% 4.5% 5.2% 34,841
June
2020
11.1% 5.3% 6.2% 41,052
May
2020
13.3% 8.6% 9.5% 63,808
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 16,247

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.