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Utah exceeds Gov. Herbert's jobs goal

By Jasen Lee, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Aug. 19 3:45 p.m. MDT

 In January 2012, Gov. Gary Herbert set a goal of achieving job growth in Utah of 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days. He announced Tuesday that the goal appears to have been met and then some, with the state adding 112,200 new jobs in the 32-month period.

In January 2012, Gov. Gary Herbert set a goal of achieving job growth in Utah of 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days. He announced Tuesday that the goal appears to have been met and then some, with the state adding 112,200 new jobs in the 32-month period.

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SALT LAKE CITY — During his State of the State address in January 2012, Gov. Gary Herbert set a goal of achieving job growth in Utah of 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days.

At the time, the state’s unemployment rate stood at 5.8 percent. Fast-forward to August 2014, and the goal appears to have been met and then some.

Speaking in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Herbert announced that the state had added 112,200 new jobs during the 32 months since the goal was announced. When Herbert took office in 2009, the state’s jobless rate was 8.4 percent. By January 2012, the unemployment rate had dropped to 5.8 percent.

“Utah deserves a hearty congratulations. We have met yet another challenge,” Herbert said. “More importantly, that number represents 112,200 Utahns who now have work and can provide for themselves and their families and help boost our economy.”

Today, Utah’s unemployment rate registered at 3.6 percent, well below the national rate of 6.2 percent, the governor said. The state’s current job growth rate is also 3.6 percent — nearly double the national rate of 1.9 percent, he said.

The state also has the fourth-most diverse economy in the nation, with all sectors of the economy growing, Herbert added.

“There is a lot to be optimistic about (and) a lot to be grateful for in the successes in Utah these last thousand days,” he said.

Herbert noted that there are still people in the workforce who need to be retrained to develop the skills necessary to sustain a career in the current employment environment. To that end, the Utah Department of Workforce Services has programs to help potential applicants improve their skills and eventually find a job, he explained.

“We won’t rest until everybody who wants a job in Utah can find a job — a job that suits their aptitudes, their talents and where they can be productive members of our community,” Herbert said.

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1. JHP
Okemos, MI,
Aug. 19, 2014

Is that gross new jobs or net new jobs? Certainly many jobs were cut as well during that period.

2. RichardB
Murray, UT,
Aug. 19, 2014

Nationally, the new job creation has been a $15k (year) less than those that existed before. It would be interesting to know how Utah's new jobs stack up.

3. VIDAR
Murray, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

yes there are many new jobs. So many if fact that some people have two or three of them.

4. SharpHooks
Lake Sammamish, WA,
Aug. 20, 2014

So how many new fast food joints is that?

5. Commodore
West Jordan, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

What's the average wage of all these jobs? SharpHooks is spot on. We don't need more minimum/low wage jobs in Utah. We need jobs that pay a living wage.