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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 May 2021 to 2.7%. 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 April 2020 at 11.0% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Salt Lake City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Utah 2.7% -0.1 -4.9
Salt Lake City 2.7% 0.0 -5.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 74,671. There are now 56,110 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,441 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,120. Salt Lake City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salt Lake City, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Salt Lake City 18,561 +512 -38,000

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
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 2.7% 2.7% 18,561
April
2021
6.1% 2.8% 2.7% 18,049
March
2021
6.0% 2.9% 2.6% 17,441
February
2021
6.2% 3.0% 3.2% 21,833
January
2021
6.3% 3.1% 3.3% 22,207
December
2020
6.7% 3.3% 3.4% 23,163
November
2020
6.7% 3.5% 3.7% 24,789
October
2020
6.9% 3.8% 4.0% 27,168
September
2020
7.8% 4.2% 4.5% 30,602
August
2020
8.4% 4.8% 5.2% 35,443
July
2020
10.2% 5.4% 6.2% 42,186

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.