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Salt Lake City, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salt Lake City fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 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 7.9% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in January 2018, 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Utah 3.2% 0.0 0.0
Salt Lake City 3.0% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 February 2010 at 45,461. There are now 25,824 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,598 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,039. Salt Lake City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salt Lake City, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Salt Lake City 19,637 -1,457 -484

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
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 19,637
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.2% 21,094
August
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.2% 21,151
July
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.0% 20,046
June
2018
4.0% 3.0% 3.0% 20,100
May
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.9% 19,305
April
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.1% 20,680
March
2018
4.1% 3.1% 3.0% 20,002
February
2018
4.1% 3.1% 2.8% 18,884
January
2018
4.1% 3.1% 2.8% 18,598
December
2017
4.1% 3.2% 3.0% 19,892

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.