Earlier this year, the Brookings Institution reported that out of the nation's top 100 metropolitan areas, Salt Lake City had the ninth best economic performance during the recession and recovery. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the number of jobs in Salt Lake City increased by 3.1 percent during that time and home prices dropped 19 percent. In short, the Crossroads of the West fared much better economically in recent years than most metropolitan areas in the United States.
One of the chief reasons our city is able to maintain a healthy economy is the presence of Salt Lake City International Airport, which acts as an economic engine across the region. The airport supports nearly 40,000 full-time jobs and $3.3 billion in total economic output, according to the most recent economic impact analysis. Much of the power for that engine is provided by my employer, Delta Air Lines, which operates a major hub at our airport.
Every day, Delta operates 260 departures to nearly 90 cities, including international nonstop service to Paris the first trans-Atlantic service offered by any airline from Salt Lake City. And next year we plan to launch new nonstop service from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam.