Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Utah

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November 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 October of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.2% higher than in September. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2.0% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in Illinois and 4.7% 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 September 2022.

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#29. Juab County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 6,557 (97 unemployed)
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#28. Cache County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 71,754 (1,114 unemployed)
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#27. Morgan County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 5,992 (95 unemployed)
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#26. Grand County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
- Total labor force: 7,421 (126 unemployed)
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#25. Summit County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 25,460 (436 unemployed)

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#24. Utah County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 353,235 (6,014 unemployed)
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#23. Box Elder County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 27,710 (495 unemployed)
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#22. Davis County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 185,861 (3,265 unemployed)
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#21. Kane County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 4,217 (74 unemployed)
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#20. Rich County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.4%
- Total labor force: 1,313 (24 unemployed)

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#19. Wasatch County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 17,667 (326 unemployed)
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#18. Iron County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 27,757 (525 unemployed)
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#17. Salt Lake County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 671,248 (12,815 unemployed)
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#16. Weber County

- Current unemployment rate: 1.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 136,090 (2,652 unemployed)
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#15. Millard County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 5,845 (116 unemployed)

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#14. Washington County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 87,797 (1,748 unemployed)
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#13. Sevier County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 10,338 (217 unemployed)
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#12. Tooele County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 37,787 (784 unemployed)
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#11. Emery County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 4,514 (100 unemployed)
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#10. Sanpete County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 13,660 (299 unemployed)

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#9. Beaver County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 2,751 (62 unemployed)
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#8. Duchesne County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
- Total labor force: 8,027 (194 unemployed)
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#7. Carbon County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 8,458 (230 unemployed)
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#6. Wayne County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 1,559 (42 unemployed)
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#5. Garfield County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 3,116 (90 unemployed)

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#4. Uintah County

- Current unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
- Total labor force: 14,247 (412 unemployed)
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#3. Daggett County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: +0.7%
- Total labor force: 447 (14 unemployed)
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#2. San Juan County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
- Total labor force: 5,748 (178 unemployed)
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#1. Piute County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 514 (17 unemployed)

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