Utah tops in job growth in U.S., jobless rate flat in August at 3.1%

SALT LAKE CITY — The Beehive State was the nationwide leader in annualized job growth, according to data released this week.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Friday the state ranked No. 1 for total job growth in the nation at 3.7 percent, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, Utah ranked No. 3 for private sector job growth at 3.9 percent.

For the month of August, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was flat from the prior month, registering at 3.1 percent — No. 13 in the U.S. Approximately 49,800 Utahns were considered unemployed during the month and actively seeking work, the report stated.

Nationally, the jobless rate was also even with the previous month registering at 3.9 percent.

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for August grew by an estimated 3.7 percent, adding 54,700 jobs to the economy since the same month last year. The state’s current employment level indicates there are 1,517,800 Utahns who are gainfully employed.

July’s year-over job growth rate was revised up one-tenth a point to 4 percent, the report said. Private sector employment in Utah rose by 3.9 percent year over year with 47,600 new positions being added into the economy.

Similar to last month, nine of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in August, with natural resources and mining as the only exception, showing 200 jobs lost over the prior 12 months.

The largest private sector employment increases occurred in trade, transportation and utilities, which added 13,700 new jobs; education and health services added 7,200 new positions; while leisure and hospitality added 7,100 new jobs. The fastest job growth rate was in trade, transportation and utilities — up 4.9 percent; leisure and hospitality — up 4.8 percent; and manufacturing — up 4.4 percent.

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Baby love: See photos of newest addition at Utah’s Hogle Zoo

Pogo licks her baby, Georgetta, the newest addition to Utah’s Hogle Zoo, in Salt Lake City on Friday. When she was born at 3:33 a.m. Monday, Georgetta weighed 150 pounds, but as of Thursday she weighed in at 163 pounds and was 5 feet, 9 inches tall. According to officials at the zoo, Georgetta, named by a generous donor, stood within 20 minutes of being born and her 16-year-old mother began cleaning her immediately. Though male giraffes do not participate in rearing their offspring, Georgetta’s father, 15 year-old Riley, also showed interest when he saw her in the winter yard. “He came right over to the chute and wanted to know what was happening,” lead keeper Melissa Farr said. There have been 18 successful giraffe births at the zoo since 1969.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Pogo licks her baby, Georgetta, at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. When she was born at 3:33 a.m. Monday, Georgetta weighed 150 pounds, but as of Thursday she weighed in at 163 pounds and 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Pogo licks her baby, Georgetta, at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. When she was born at 3:33 a.m. Monday, Georgetta weighed 150 pounds, but as of Thursday she weighed in at 163 pounds and 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Georgetta, the newest giraffe at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, is introduced to the media on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. When she was born at 3:33 a.m. Monday, Georgetta weighed 150 pounds, but as of Thursday she weighed in at 163 pounds and 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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All systems go: Newest rocket booster passes initial testing in Utah desert

PROMONTORY, Box Elder County— On a cloudless day in northern Utah, super-hot flames generate huge plumes of thick smoke that rise high into the otherwise clear blue sky above the desert of Box Elder County, bringing cheers to scores of onlookers who came to marvel at the power of human engineering that will one day propel rockets into space beyond Earth’s orbit.

“I’m one of the few people that, when I was 14 years old, I knew what I wanted to do in life — and that was to play with rockets,” said Jeff Winter, motor development manager at Northrop Grumman. Seeing the fruits of his labor is especially gratifying.

“I’m living the dream,” Winter said.

Northrop Grumman Corp. Thursday conducted the first qualification ground test of its graphite epoxy motor — GEM 63 — which will be used as strap-on boosters on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket beginning July 2019.

The full-scale, static-fire test was the culmination of a three-year effort that began with development of the new technology that went into the motor, explained Katie Qian, an aerospace engineer in business development for commercial programs at Northrop Grumman.

“The main objective is to test out the ballistic qualities (of the motor),” she said. Ideally, the test will indicate the readiness of the motor and show what adjustments, if any, need to be made going forward, she said.

“We want to make sure everything is working, between the case, the propellant and the insulation on the inside,” Qian said. “Today’s test is to put all that together and get the (resulting) data validated.”

Under a $191 million agreement with the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman is partnering with the United Launch Alliance to implement launch vehicle production, launch operations and spaceflight certification for the Space Test Program-3 mission scheduled to take place at Florida’s …read more

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UTA to run extra buses for BYU football game Saturday

PROVO — Utah Transit Authority will run extra Utah Valley Express buses from the Provo and Orem FrontRunner stations beginning at 2 p.m. to accommodate crowds for BYU’s football game against McNeese State.

Following the game, extra UVX buses will be stage on University Parkway and will service regular UVX stations and run its regular route. Direct buses to the Provo Central Station will be staged facing southbound. Customers should board buses within 15 minutes after the end of the game.

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