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Utah's jobless rate drops again to 4.6 percent

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's unemployment rate continued its downward trend last month, dropping slightly to 4.6 percent in May.

That number is one-tenth of a percent lower than April's jobless rate and still well below the national rate of 7.6 percent.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services says there were approximately 63,000 people out of work and seeking employment in May.

While the job market improved, the labor report shows May's growth rate was Utah's slowest this year.

Juliette Tennert, an economist with Gov. Gary Herbert's office, says the small decline in growth is no cause for alarm.

Tennert says despite occasional slower rates of growth, Utah's economy "is making strong, steady progress."