Analysis: Utah Adding the Most Jobs in the Nation

Salt Lake City 03A breakdown of employment data finds Utah at the top of the heap when it comes to employment growth.

Wall Street 24/7 ranked all 50 states to find which ones had the largest and smallest job growth. They reviewed employment changes from April 2011 to April 2016, unemployment rates, size of employment force and other economic factors to come up with their rankings.

Here’s why Utah ended up on top:

Employment increase: 14.5%
Number of jobs April 2011: 1.24 million (18th least)
Number of jobs April 2016: 1.42 million (19th least)
Unemployment rate April 2016: 3.8% (15th lowest)
Industry contributing most to increase: Professional and business services

Here’s the top-10:

  1. Utah
  2. Delaware
  3. Nevada
  4. South Carolina
  5. Idaho
  6. Colorado
  7. California
  8. Arizona
  9. Florida
  10. North Carolina

The bottom-5 for employment growth were Alaska, Mississippi, Vermont, Wyoming and West Virginia.