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December 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%.

Budgeting for the next downturn

By: Jonathan Ball, Legislative Fiscal Analyst, and Jennifer L. Robinson, Associate Director, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute One lesson state budget inquisitors can learn from living through two recessions – including one labeled as “great” – is that it is never too soon to start planning for the next one.  This is not the result of strategic policy formulation, long-term planning, or some arcane academic theory – it’s simply for self-preservation.  Yet, a recent panel on budgeting at the Western Political Science Association, in which we participated with our colleagues from across the West, demonstrated that some states haven’t learned that lesson. […]

Utah: Scrabbling for Innovation absent a Crisis

The 2017 Utah legislative session, an intensely busy 45 days, focused heavily on tax reform, funding of public schools, and addressing the state’s homeless crisis. At the conclusion of the session, the FY18 budget totaled $16.2 billion, a seven percent increase over the FY17 budget. Public schools received a large increase in funding—in total a [...]

Utah population booming — fueled by job seekers and babies

New state estimates show Utah’s population continues to boom — adding 59,045 people this year, the equivalent of plopping in another Taylorsville. But demographers see a radical shift in what fuels that growth. Mainly, traditionally big-family Utah is seeing fewer births: they dropped by 1,202 last year, continuing a nine-year streak of declines. Meanwhile, migration [...]

November 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%.

Utah’s population increased by nearly 60,000 between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017

Salt Lake City (November 29, 2017) — Utah’s population increased by 59,045 people between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, according to new population estimates released by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. […]

State and County Population Estimates for Utah: 2017

The Utah Population Committee (UPC), chaired and staffed by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, has produced state and county population estimates for Utah for July 1, 2017. These estimates indicate that the state has added approximately 350,000 people since April 1, 2010, reaching an estimated 3,114,039 Utahns. From 2016-2017, the population grew by 59,045 [...]

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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%.

Congressman-elect John Curtis to be sworn in Monday

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - In an otherwise unpredictable election night, former Provo Mayor John Curtis handily took the congressional seat once occupied by Jason Chaffetz. Now, he prepares to head to Washington, where he will sworn in as early as Monday. Curtis spoke to constituents at the University of Utah's Kem Gardner Policy Institute [...]

Republican John Curtis, Utah’s new congressman-elect, set to be sworn in, cast first vote Monday

By Monday night — less than a week after winning election to become Utah’s newest congressman — John Curtis will be in Washington getting sworn in and casting his first vote. It’s a tad overwhelming, he said with a laugh Wednesday, and “a little surreal.” With a Republican-led Congress eager to pass major reforms, the freshman GOP [...]