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The Utah Department of Workforce Services has just released county-level unemployment rate estimates for December. Most counties are following the statewide trend of declining joblessness.

See how the economy is doing with Department of Workforce Economic Snapshots. These summaries are updated periodically and compare how local areas are doing in relation to the state and the nation.

Taking place in Park City, Utah, the conference will cover topics that promise to make electric travel more flexible and convenient.

New job counts for the third quarter of 2011 show the five counties in the central Utah area (Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne) lagging behind the state's economic recovery.

For those companies considering participation in the upcoming Mountain States Vietnam Trade Mission, sponsored by Zions Bank, World Trade Center Utah, Governor?s Office of Economic Development and the U.S. Commercial Service ? a wise decision would be to utilize the U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key Services while on the trade mission.

In 2011 each company?s Award data was quantified into an Index Score from 0-100. Based on the overall Index Scores, the top 20 companies are honored with the Utah Work/Life Award?- Utah?s Best Places to Work?.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert was interviewed by CNBC TV on the success of Utah's economy and its ability to create new jobs.

Utah 2012 Economic Outlook

Fri, 13 Jan 2012

The 2012 Economic Outlook is the second publication in what is an annual companion piece to the Economic Report to the Governor series, which is now published in the fall.

The First Annual Utah Governor?s Energy Development Summit will provide an open forum for industry, academia and government officials to discuss Governor Gary R. Herbert?s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan.

Governor Gary R. Herbert and State Science Advisor Dr. Tami Goetz, along with the State Advisory Council on Science and Technology, have announced the winners of the Governor?s Science Medals for 2011.

The ribbon cutting event for the opening of the Business Resource Center on the campus of Utah Valley University.

The Utah business community will have the unique opportunity to host the Executive Director of the World Bank, Honorable Ian Solomon, on January 13, at 8:30 a.m. at the Salt Lake Chamber. Director Solomon will discuss global business opportunities in products services and consulting with the business in the morning session.

The Washington County Economic Summit, also known statewide as ?What?s Up Down South? is slated for Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at the Dixie Center in St. George. Summit planners say this year?s theme ? ?Shifting Dixie?s Economic Paradigm? ? will explore opportunities for the current southern Utah business landscape.

In a recent Trendlines magazine article, Lecia Parks Langston talks about the fluidity of the labor market and new hire data from the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program.

Annual Utah Economic Review

Fri, 30 Dec 2011

The Utah Economic Council will share its forecast for the coming year, and Gov. Herbert will share his economic guidance and insights.

Webinar details: Tuesday, January 10, 8am (MST) This Event is Free. Speakers will include senior commercial officials from the U.S. Mission in Vietnam.

Utah's Fossil Fuels

Fri, 30 Dec 2011

Utah?s geography and geologic history have granted the state abundant and diverse natural resources, including fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

Learn proven market strategies to succeed in the challenging but profitable European market (27 countries, 500 million customers). Free seminar: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 12pm

2011 has been a banner year for international trade in the state of Utah! We are pleased that Utah is still the only state in the US to double its international exports in the last 5 years. And these Utah exports are creating Utah jobs?higher paying, longer lasting, and higher skilled jobs. So far this year, our Utah exports are already 38% above last year?s record, and on the way to Governor Herbert?s goal to double exports again in the next five years.

Russia?s WTO accession will create new opportunities for Utah?s companies and workers to export goods, such as agricultural products, machinery, and building products, as well as services, to Russia.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the results of a comprehensive review of all of Utah?s business regulations and the release of the report, Utah Business Regulation Review.

Earth Day Awards are presented each year to companies, organizations or individuals who go beyond what is required by regulation to protect the environment while developing Utah?s natural resources. Awards are presented in each of three areas: oil and gas, minerals mining, and coal mining.

Utah Valley University provides a return of $7.97 for every state dollar invested for an annual economic impact of $534 million, according to a recently concluded study by Jack Faucett Associates, Inc. UVU?s return on investment to the state?s economy has increased by 21 percent over the past five years.

Eligible Applicants: Small businesses defined as having less than 500 employees. Have been turned down for traditional credit resources. Application sponsored by a participating financial institution.

USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood announced an agreement to provide $116 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to extend TRAX light rail transit service from downtown Salt Lake City into the suburb of Draper.

Tourism revenue is up in Utah and more out-of-state visitors are coming to vacation in the state, according to information released by the Utah Office of Tourism, an agency of the Governor?s Office of Economic Development.

His Excellency Duk-Soo Han, Ambassador to the United States for the Republic of Korea, visited Utah on Wednesday as part of a speaking circuit sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute. During his trip, he attended a round-table at Brigham Young University where over a 100 students were present and eager to learn more about Korea.

One of the nation?s largest potential hydrocarbon resources is contained in oil sands in Utah. The oil sands at PR Spring are located on Utah?s remote East Tavaputs Plateau, and they are estimated to contain the equivalent of over 4.5 billion barrels of oil.

Governor Herbert directed each member of his cabinet to review existing business regulations and determine if they were really necessary. This report is the result of that review process.

Utah's Virtual Job Fair!

Tue, 22 Nov 2011

On November 30 through December 6, multiple employers from across the state will participate in the Virtual Job Fair with ApplyUtah.com and Monster.  Job seekers will be able to chat live with potential employers.

Utah?s nonfarm wage and salaried job count for October 2011 expanded by 2.6 percent compared to October 2010. This is a 12-month increase of 31,600 jobs, and raises total wage and salary employment to 1,226,800. 

The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah will tackle the subject of technology economic development at a Policy Forum Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event is free and open to the public. The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) is a state-funded, industry-led effort that leverages the success of Utah?s research universities in creating and commercializing innovative technologies to expand and diversity Utah?s economy.

WAVE, Inc., a Utah State University spin-out company, has received $2.7 million to electrify a bus route on the University of Utah campus. ?We are pleased that WAVE was selected from a very competitive field of candidates to receive this grant for the bus electrification project,? said Stan Albrecht, President of Utah State University.

Farms of all sizes provide a number of benefits that are critical to our quality of life. They produce food, fiber, nursery stock, and flowers. They clothe us, beautify our surroundings, and supply us with the energy we need everyday.

City Creek Mall Preview

Mon, 14 Nov 2011

This video from PCTV features an update on one of Utah's most vibrant new economic developments, the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City.

Unemployment in Utah's Cache County is even lower than the state average.  This current economic snapshot provides an overview of how things are going in northern Utah.

An interdisciplinary team of Utah and Wyoming researchers has received a $6 million, three-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a better understanding of the interconnectivity of natural and human water resources systems ? a critical environmental sustainability problem facing both Western states.

The Office of Energy Development (OED) has announced the Utah Governor?s Energy Development Summit will be held Feb. 15, 2012 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. The summit will highlight Utah?s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan and provide industry insight and education in existing and emerging technology fields.

To RSVP for this event, please email Cassy Hahn at chahn@utah.gov This event is offered FREE OF CHARGE. By sending your RSVP in advance, the ECAB can plan for the appropriate number of attendees. Thank you!

Utah is starting to add jobs back to its rolls, with many counties seeing employment increasing. But several counties are noted as having multiple years of employment declines that have not yet reversed themselves.

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