Monday, August 21, 2017

Utah's Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for all Utah counties have been posted online here.

Each month, these rates are posted the Monday following the Unemployment Rate Update for Utah.

For more information about seasonally adjusted rates, read a DWS analysis here.

Next update scheduled for September 18th.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Utah's Employment Situation for July 2017

Utah's Employment Situation for July 2017 has been released on the web.

Find the Current Economic Situation in its entirety here.

For charts and tables, including County Employment, go to the Employment and Unemployment page.

Next update scheduled for September 15th, 2017.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Large new DSU health facility's building plans set

Dixie State University announced the contractor who will build the school’s new Human Performance Center. Layton Construction, based in Sandy with satellite operations in Arizona, Idaho, California, Florida, Tennessee and Hawaii, will break ground on the 155,000-square-foot educational and athletic facility in October.

The $50 million building project is funded by a $25 million appropriation that will be finalized by the Utah Legislature next year, $4 million in cash raised by students through annual fees, and a $16 million bond based on future student fees. The Washington County Commission also donated $1 million. The Spectrum

New Smith’s Marketplace Open in St. George

A new Smith’s Marketplace is now open at Dinosaur Crossing in St. George. The 123,000 square-foot store will add 257 new jobs to the area and offer and assortment of groceries, apparel, housewares and small kitchen appliances. The Spectrum

Demolition begins for future Kanab Center

Demolition for the future Kanab Center has begun. The old skate park was the first to go. Demolition is expected to take a couple weeks. The portion of the building that lines up with Center Street will be removed to the foundation, but the foundation will be preserved to be reused for approximately 4000 sq. ft. of the new conference/convention building. Barco Excavation is doing the demolition under Steed Construction, who is the general contractor for the project. Southern Utah News

Construction at Bryce’s Sunset Point underway

Construction is underway to address aging asphalt, reclaim natural areas and improve accessibility in the park’s Sunset Point area. Access to Sunset Point and the Navajo Loop Trail will be maintained throughout the duration of the project, which is expected to wrap up next spring, according to park officials. Deseret News

Hotel building boom hits southwest Utah

More than 400 new hotel rooms have been built in southwestern Utah since January, and more than 450 more are expected to be finished by year’s end, according to a market report from real estate services group NAI Excel. There are three new hotels under construction in St. George, four in Springdale and one each in Cedar City, Hurricane and Virgin. Later this year, four more are planned to go up in St. George, one more in Hurricane, one in LaVerkin and one in Ivins. The Spectrum

Regents approve new degrees at Dixie

The Utah State Board of Regents board unanimously approved two degrees for Dixie State University, including a Bachelor of Science in population health, with emphases in health care administration and public health. Deseret News

Zion to get new funding for trails

The Department of the Interior announced more than $50 million in new money for high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 national parks, including nearly $700,000 at Zion to help restore and maintain the popular Emerald Pools trails. The costs will be evenly split, with $346,337 allocated from Congress and $348,240 coming from private partners. The Spectrum