Utah's jobless rate rises to 4.7 percent

Utah's unemployment rate inched upward in June

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Analysts say Utah's unemployment rate ticked upward in June as more people sought jobs.

The rate rose a tenth of a percentage to 4.7 percent in June.

Analysts say 65,100 people are actively searching for jobs, but that the start of summer brought a slight pause in hiring.

It's the first increase in Utah's unemployment rate since December, but analysts the increase is insignificant.

Even Gov. Gary Herbert is saying it's no cause for alarm. The number of people employed in Utah rose by 5,472 in June to more than 1.2 million.

Herbert put out a statement saying Utah's economy continues to grow and show promise over the long term.

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