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Utah unemployment rate hits five-year low (13 photos)

By Jasen Lee, Deseret News

Published: Sunday, March 9 2014 11:01 p.m. MDT

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Scott Parson answers a question about the workforce as Utah Gov. Gary Herbert watches on as the governor joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Scott Parson answers a question about the workforce as Utah Gov. Gary Herbert watches on as the governor joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services, answers a question about the workforce alongside Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services, answers a question about the workforce alongside Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Michael Brookbank cuts meat in the meat department at the Harmons in Midvale on his first day at work as an assistant meat manager on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined local business leaders in announcing the state's unemployment rate was at a five-year low at 3.9 percent in the presentation room at the state Capitol on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)