Thursday, April 12, 2012
Thousands of positions available for jobless Utahns
On Wednesday there were more than 3,600 jobs posted on KSL.com. The Utah Department of Workforce Services, which also maintains a job board for the state, had more than 18,000 postings.
Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.3 percent in February to 8.2 percent, according to a jobs report released last week. Utah's rate in February was 5.7 percent.
Simply stated: "We're doing much better," Curt Stewart, spokesman for the department, said.
While Utah's rate is low, it still represents more than 76,000 people out of work, Stewart said. And those currently looking for work will be joined in a few weeks by high school and college graduates looking to enter the workforce.
But what about all those jobs?
"There's a lot of competition for those positions," Mark Knold, chief economist for the UDWS, said. "You just have to keep at it."
He said the total number of jobs in the state has steadily increased and is better today than it was a year ago. Deseret News