The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute’s mission is to develop and share economic, demographic, and public policy research that sheds light and helps people make INFORMED DECISIONS™. In times of uncertainty, we seek to share our expertise by providing economic leadership as well as practical and common-sense commentary related to the public’s well-being. We hope the information provided by our seasoned research team will both inform and comfort Utahns as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Utah.

On March 24, 2020, Gov. Herbert released “Utah Leads Together,” a comprehensive plan to help mitigate the economic consequences of COVID-19 and provide a vision for Utah’s economic rebound, all while carefully addressing the public health emergency before us. The plan conveys three phases of response with specific strategies: urgent, stabilization, and recovery.

Economists at the Gardner Institute are preparing a weekly update on key U.S. and Utah economic indicators. The document includes the latest data for indicators such as unemployment claims, stock and bond information, and state and national employment rates. The data will be updated every Monday and available for download. Download Economic Indicators PDF

The Gardner Institute’s staff are Utah’s demographic experts, leaders on the Utah economy, and specialists on public policy and survey research. We have prepared a COVID-19 information sheet that includes informed research and commentary that will be updated as the situation evolves. Download COVID-19 Economic Commentary Brief. 

If you’re worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.