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Winds of Change: Utah’s growing cost-of-doing business problem

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in Utah Business The Utah economy celebrated its eighth anniversary of economic growth in June, the second-longest in state history. Currently, the state economy is creating about 45,000 jobs a year. Unemployment remains low at 3.2 percent and inflation-adjusted wages continue to rise. The nice economic winds have been blowing […]

August 7, 2017
Herbert: ‘Time for action, time for doing’ regarding rural job growth

“It’s time for action, time for doing. The time for talking is past,” he said. Herbert then challenged rural leaders to identify their community problems, the hindrances to getting them solved and craft a plan of action and bring it to Salt Lake City for a meeting to hammer out an “all hands on deck” […]

July Economic Summary

The Utah economy remains healthy. Every major industrial sector expanded in 2016, contributing a total of 49,500 new jobs over the year. An annual employment growth rate of 3.6 percent was above the state’s long-term average and among the strongest in the nation. Utah’s construction sector posted the highest job growth in 2016, 6.8 percent.

July 27, 2017
Utah’s Long-Term Demographic and Economic Projections Summary

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute prepares long-term demographic and economic projections to support informed decision making in the state. The Utah Legislature funds this research, which is done in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, the Utah Association of Governments, and other research entities. […]

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Brochure

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute delivers the objective research and analysis leaders can rely on to make data-driven public policy decisions. We are Utah’s demographic experts, leaders on the Utah economy, specialists on public policy and survey research, and champions of civic leadership.

July 21, 2017
A Look at Utah in 50 Years

By: Pamela S. Perlich This week, we released our county level demographic and economic projections for Utah for the next half century. These projections are the culmination of two years of research and development work by our team at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Given my long history and deep involvement in this projection […]

July 18, 2017
Report: Washington County to balloon to more than 500,000 population over next 50 years

The hard-driving forces that have made St. George and the rest of Washington County one of the fastest-growing populations in the U.S. are expected to continue for the foreseeable future, ballooning the area to more than 500,000 people over the next 50 years, according to new state population projections released this week.

Utah population projected to increase to 5.8 million by 2065; Utah County to add more than 1 million new residents, new data show

New 50-year projections from the Gardner Policy Institute show continued growth and structural shifts for the state (Salt Lake City) July 17, 2017 – New long-term demographic and economic projections, prepared by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, project Utah’s population will increase to 5.8 million by the year 2065. […]

July 17, 2017