The extent of economic insecurity in Utah got smaller in 2011 as the state's economy continued to move away from the Great Recession that ended three years earlier, according to a study of U.S. households.
Last year, 16.8 percent of Utah's population lost at least a quarter of its income. Bad as that was, it was an improvement from 18.4 percent in 2010, the nonpartisan Rockefeller Foundation said Thursday. In June, a previous version put the 2010 figure at 19 percent.
"That's a big drop," said Jacob Hacker a Yale University political scientist who compiled data for the study. "That suggests the Utah economy has come back substantially since the depths of the downturn."