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The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at The University of Utah develops and shares economic, demographic and public policy data and research that help individuals and the community make informed decisions. Use the tools on this page to filter content by type, author, year, and subject matter. If you are unable to find a particular publication, please contact the Gardner Policy Institute at gardnerinstitute@utah.edu

October 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% was above the state’s long-term average and among the strongest in the nation. In 2016, Utah’s construction sector posted the highest job growth with 6.8%.

November 10, 2017
Fertility in Utah since the Great Recession: The New Normal or a Pregnant Pause?

Utah is currently experiencing strong economic growth and has clearly recovered from the Great Recession; however, it appears the recession has left a lingering imprint on the state’s demographics. Starting in 2008, fertility rates in the state began to significantly decline and those declines continue. While Utah continues to have the highest fertility rate, youngest […]

October 24, 2017
September 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% was above the state’s long-term average and among the strongest in the nation. In 2016, Utah’s construction sector posted the highest job growth with 6.8%.

October 2, 2017
August Economic Summary

Utah’s nonagricultural employment increased an estimated 2.5%, or 36,300 jobs, between July 2016 and July 2017. Nationally, employment increased 1.5%, or 2.2 million jobs, between July 2016 and July 2017. Unemployment—Utah’s unemployment rate was 3.5% in July 2017, slightly higher than the July 2016 rate of 3.4%. The national unemployment rate was 4.3% in July […]

August 29, 2017
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
June Economic Summary
June 27, 2017
Gardner Business Review: What has been the impact of globalization on Utah?

What has been the impact of globalization in Utah? Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute senior fellow James Wood concludes the impact of globalization has been widespread and nearly all positive. A big reason for Utah’s international success is that many of the products we manufacturer are largely immune to offshoring. Utah also has a great […]

June 7, 2017
May Economic Summary

Utah’s nonagricultural employment increased an estimated 3.3%, or 46,700 jobs, between April 2016 and April 2017. Nationally, employment increased 1.6%, or 2.2 million jobs, between April 2016 and April 2017. Utah’s unemployment rate was 3.1% in April 2017, lower than the April 2016 unemployment rate of 3.5%. The national unemployment rate was 4.4% in April […]

May 30, 2017

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