Utah’s job growth was stronger than the nation’s before and after the recession, but dipped below the national average during the recession. Utah’s rate of job growth remained below the nation’s until the spring of 2010, and is currently well above it.
Several populations were particularly affected by job losses, as shown in declining employment-to-population ratios. In Utah, those aged16-19 saw a reduction in the employment-to-population ratio of 14.1% from 2007 to 2010. The decline for the entire population 16 years and over was 4.8%. American Indian and Hispanic populations were also affected more than Utah’s white population. Utahns with lower educational attainment also saw this ratio decline much more than for college graduates.