Labor Day was set up in 1894 as a way to honor the contributions of workers across America. Set aside as the first Monday of September each year, Labor Day honors the social and economic achievements of American workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
How much do you know about Utah County’s workers? Here are eight interesting facts about the county’s labor force according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
Utah County’s unemployment rate is at 2.6% as of July 2019. That is 0.2% lower than in July 2018.
Statewide, only one county has a lower unemployment rate than Utah County — Cache County at 2.4%.
The county with the highest unemployment rate in the state is Garfield County at 6.7%, followed by Wayne County at 5.5% and San Juan County at 5.3%. Salt Lake County’s unemployment rate is at 2.8%.
Historic unemployment rate
The lowest Utah County’s rate has been since 1990 is 2.2% in March 2007. The highest peak came in September 2009 when the unemployment rate hit 12.4%.
Size of the labor force
According to the Department of Workforce Services, Utah County’s workforce is made of 306,960 people, 298,856 of whom are employed.
In the past 10 years, the number of people in the county’s workforce has risen 38.9% from 220,947 in July 2009.
Working age participation in workforce
Of the total population between the ages of 19 and 64 in Utah County, 77% of people are in the labor force. That compares to 79.3% statewide and 77.6% nationwide.
Of those in the workforce, 41.87% have a bachelor’s degree or higher, 38.07% have attended some college or have an associate’s degree, 14.65% have a high school degree and 5.4% have less than a high school degree, according to the Department of Workforce Services’ 2018 numbers.
Women in the workforce
According to the Department of Workforce Services, 57% of women over the age of 16 in Utah County are in the workforce. Women make up 42% of the total workforce.
Women in Utah County who are in the workforce work an average of 30.1 hours per week and make year-round full-time annual median earning of $34,282.
In Utah County, as of December 2018, 114,518 people both lived and worked within Utah County. The number of people who lived in Utah County, but worked outside of Utah County was at 73,761 and the number of people who lived outside of Utah County and commuted in for work was at 49,772.
The mean commuting travel time for work was 21.4%.
The largest group of non-local people who worked in Utah County came from Salt Lake County at 23,289, with the second-largest group coming from out of state.
Of those living in Utah County and commuting out of the county for work, 50,663 traveled to Salt Lake County for work and 7,528 went out of state.
The largest employers in Utah County, according to the Department of Workforce Services as of December 2018, were Brigham Young University, Alpine School District, Utah Valley University, Utah Valley Hospital, Vivint and the Nebo School District.