Utah’s November unemployment holds steady

Dec 22, 2023, 8:37 AM | Updated: 9:08 am

Utah's June jobs unemployment rate stayed steady....

Eloise Schmitt serves lunch to Emma Larsen and her father, Shawn, at Gourmandise in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Laura Seitz/Deseret News)

(Laura Seitz/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The jobs report for November came out Friday morning and shows an unemployment rate of 2.8%. This is a slight increase over last month’s 2.7% according to the Department of Workforce Services.

Nationally, unemployment sits at 3.7% which is down from September’s 3.9%.

Deputy Director for the Department of Workforce Services, Nate McDonald joined Utah’s Morning News to go over this month’s report. 

“We came out at with a 2% job growth. That’s over 34,700 jobs that we’ve added since November of 2022. So, we’re ending the year standing steady with our job growth right at 2%. It’s slowed down over the past several months, but 2% for the year is still doing well considering where things have been,” said McDonald. 

McDonald noted the one-tenth percent uptick in unemployment. 

“But if you look at where we were before the pandemic, and here we are now with things kind of moderating over the last several months, to be coming to the end of the year, with a 2.8% unemployment. That’s great. Even though there’s been some swings, it’s still we’re still ending the year really strong.”

According to McDonald, the national job growth is just slightly slower than here in Utah. 

“We are still doing well with our industries. Eight of our 10 industries are seeing job growth,” he said.

“The two [industries] that haven’t seen growth is the trade [and] transportation and utilities. They saw over 3,000 job losses. But let’s just put that in perspective,” McDonald continued.

“Back during the pandemic, trade transportation utilities was at the top for so long, and it just was running so hot, so many jobs, so much happening in that industry, that really were just seeing things moderate and come back down to a level of normalcy.”

The travel and leisure industry remains on top and is expected to do so for awhile. 

McDonald said, “…overall good news, we’ll see where things go and 2024.” 


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Business + Economy

A car is filled at a gas pump in Sandy on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Utah gas prices are currently be...

Allessandra Harris Gurr

Utah gas prices below national average in time for summer season

Utah gas prices are below the national average price for gas and the prices are expected to stay that way over the summer.

2 days ago

Image of Temple Mountain found on BLM land within Emery County, Utah. (Mike Coronella)...

Aimee Cobabe

Utah files lawsuit over BLM Public Lands Rule

In the lawsuit, Utah accuses the BLM of taking a "museum-like" approach to the state's public lands.

2 days ago

Pioneer Stadium in Ogden is getting a $4.3 million upgrade, expected to be complete in time for the...

Tim Vandenack,

Ogden’s Pioneer Stadium – site of a major annual rodeo – getting $4.3M upgrade, new name

The upgrade to Ogden's Pioneer Stadium includes additional seats and new equipment for rodeo participants.

3 days ago


Josuee Sanchez

Beware of “quishing” or QR code phishing says Better Business Bureau

Scammers are using "sqishing" or QR phishing to con people into giving personal their personal information.

3 days ago

The front of the Holladay Lions salt lake county recreation center...

Allessandra Harris Gurr

The hidden cost of recreation centers

A new report shows that several recreation centers in Utah operate at a deficit in the millions. Part of covering that gap comes via taxes.

4 days ago

The Utah Women & Leadership Project, based out of Utah State University in Logan, Utah, reports tha...

Alexandrea Bonilla

Report finds fewer Utah workers experiencing sexual harassment

For the first time in years, the number of sexual harassment reports filed with the EEOC places Utah in line with the national average.

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...


Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Utah’s November unemployment holds steady