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Report Shows Job Losses in Sevier and Sanpete

Published on April 11, 2014 at 01:07PM

A recent report from the Utah Department of Workforce Services shows a loss of job growth in the Sevier and Sanpete Counties, despite an increase in some neighboring counties and statewide. According to the report, Sevier county saw a loss of .7% of non-farm jobs between September of 2012 and September of 2013. The decrease represents 60 jobs lost. Despite the lack of job creation, the report states the county’s unemployment rate continued to decline, dropping to 4.7% in December. This suggests workers have either left the workforce or have found employment outside the county.

Sanpete county saw a drop of 1.9%, or 142 non-farm jobs, during the same time period. The report says a relatively high percentage of workers commute outside the county for employment, which may contribute to the declining jobless rate which was at 5.3% in December. Meanwhile, Millard county saw a .5% increase in non-farm jobs, Wayne County had an increase of 2.5%, and Piute County had a 10.8% increase. As a state overall, Utah increased by 3.1%.