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Salt Lake City, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salt Lake City fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Salt Lake City peaked in March 2010 at 7.9% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Salt Lake City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Utah 2.8% 0.0 -0.3
Salt Lake City 2.8% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 March 2010 at 45,352. There are now 26,808 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,335 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 209. Salt Lake City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salt Lake City, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Salt Lake City 18,544 +93 -1,595

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
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.8%
July
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 18,544
June
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 18,451
May
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.8% 18,335
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.8% 18,424
March
2019
3.8% 3.0% 2.8% 18,696
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 2.9% 19,070
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 3.0% 19,630
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.1% 20,279
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 20,295
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 20,296

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.