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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 [...]

Census: Lehi 11th Fastest Growing City In US

New data from the Census Bureau ranks Lehi, Utah, as the 11th fastest growing city in the U.S., a reflection of the Wasatch Front’s strong economy, particularly in the area known as Silicon Slopes. Lehi was the only Utah city ranked in the top 15 and one of just four in the West, according to [...]

Once-tiny Vineyard in Utah County sees population grow sixfold in 2 years

The Utah County town of Vineyard grew sixfold in the past two years — from 611 residents to 3,953 — as new homes mushroomed on and around the old Geneva Steel plant site. But City Manager Jacob McHargue says those newly released U.S. Census Bureau estimates are for 2016, and he figures the town's population [...]

‘What to Expect When You’re not Expecting’

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in the Deseret News In a very real way, June means weddings. The end of school and great weather motivate young couples to tie the knot and schedule summer weddings. Back in the old days, summer weddings meant an uptick in births 10 months later. This is less true today. [...]

Report: Utah tourism growing at record levels

Tourism in the Beehive State is growing at historic levels, and research indicates the trend could continue for the foreseeable future. A report authored by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah stated that tourism grew 12 percent from 2011 to 2015, with visitors spending a record of nearly $8.2 billion [...]

Summer travel season begins with record-setting economic impacts in travel and tourism industry

Salt Lake City, Utah (May 10, 2017) – Travelers to Utah spent a record $8.17 billion in the state in 2015 and generated an estimated $1.15 billion in total state and local tax revenue, according to a recent study completed by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. “This was a leading year for Utah tourism,” [...]

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Utah Tourism Chief Talks National Park Funding, Bears Ears

Utah’s top tourism official says at a time when the number of people visiting national parks is skyrocketing, the Trump administration and Congress should step up their funding of the National Park Service. “The federal government needs to make an investment,” says Vicki Varela, director of the state’s office of tourism, film and global branding.

May Newsmaker Breakfast: Utah’s Travel and Tourism Industry

The State of Utah's Travel and Tourism Industry, 2017 Travel and Tourism Presentation (PowerPoint) Travel and Tourism Presentation (PDF) The May Newsmaker Breakfast focused on the travel and tourism industry of Utah. Utah’s diverse travel and tourism industry generates jobs and income for Utah residents and produces tax revenue for the state. Domestic [...]

The State of Utah’s Travel and Tourism Industry, 2017

Utah’s diverse travel and tourism industry generates jobs and income for Utah residents and produces tax revenue for the state. Domestic and international travelers and tourists are drawn to Utah’s natural, cultural and historical assets. Utah has 14 ski resorts, 10 of which are less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, as [...]

Defense industry plays big role in Utah economy, study shows

Military spending creates over $9 billion in economic activity for the Beehive State, rivaling the construction industry in importance to Utahns' financial well-being, a new study showed. Research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah indicated that the defense industry was directly and indirectly responsible for supporting more than 109,000 [...]

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