Utah's unemployment rate dipped last month, according to a Utah Dept. of Workforce Services report, but the number of the state's filled jobs is not as high as officials were hoping it would be.
The state's unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in December (57,800 Utahns seeking work), down from 4.3 percent the same month in 2012. The state's number of filled jobs grew 1.8 percent, or another 22,500 jobs. In Utah, there are a total of 1,301,600 filled jobs, according to the report. The national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in December.
While the report shows growth, it is the fifth month in a row that Utah's "establishment survey" indicates a below-average growth in jobs. The "establishment survey" is a preliminary survey that attempts to measure employment across the state before the full employment figures are calculated months later. The full census figures in job growth for the fourth quarter of last year will be released in March.