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Manufacturing: Utah’s fifth-largest industry, third-largest source of GDP, new study shows

June 22, 2020 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today released a report commissioned by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) that shows that, in 2018, Utah’s manufacturing industry provided 7.0% of total state employment, paid 9.6% of overall earnings, and produced 11.0% of the state’s gross domestic product. The report also shows that despite a nationwide slowdown, Utah’s manufacturing industry continues to grow, though at a slower pace than some industries.

“The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute was pleased for the opportunity to continue our ‘deep dives’ into important sectors of Utah’s economy,” said John Downen, deputy director of economic and public policy research at the Gardner Institute and co-author of the study. “Our analysts looked at manufacturing’s role in jobs, earnings, and GDP; how we compare with other states; manufacturing in rural Utah; and the demographics of production workers. The analysis revealed a very diverse industry, with establishment