Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Utah

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September 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Utah

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Utah using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#29. Rich County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.4%
--- 1 month change: -1.1%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 1,726 (24 unemployed)
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#28. Juab County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 6,362 (104 unemployed)
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#27. Morgan County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 5,981 (97 unemployed)
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#26. Cache County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 68,537 (1,162 unemployed)
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#25. Box Elder County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 27,780 (509 unemployed)
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#24. Kane County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 4,474 (82 unemployed)
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#23. Summit County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 25,992 (472 unemployed)
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#22. Davis County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 185,340 (3,463 unemployed)
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#21. Millard County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 6,267 (119 unemployed)
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#20. Utah County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 342,700 (6,419 unemployed)
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#19. Wasatch County

- Current Unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 17,903 (346 unemployed)
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#18. Iron County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 27,337 (577 unemployed)
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#17. Salt Lake County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 673,786 (14,337 unemployed)
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#16. Weber County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 135,963 (2,935 unemployed)
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#15. Grand County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 7,380 (167 unemployed)
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#14. Tooele County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 37,955 (877 unemployed)
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#13. Washington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 84,639 (1,928 unemployed)
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#12. Beaver County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 2,828 (68 unemployed)
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#11. Sanpete County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 13,306 (324 unemployed)
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#10. Sevier County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 10,146 (262 unemployed)
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#9. Piute County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 496 (14 unemployed)
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#8. Emery County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 4,555 (133 unemployed)
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#7. Wayne County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 1,659 (48 unemployed)
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#6. Duchesne County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 7,983 (245 unemployed)
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#5. Carbon County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,443 (267 unemployed)
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#4. Daggett County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 461 (15 unemployed)
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#3. Uintah County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 13,900 (530 unemployed)
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#2. Garfield County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 3,190 (129 unemployed)
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#1. San Juan County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.3%
-Total Labor Force: 5,659 (242 unemployed)

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