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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Business Employment Dynamics in Utah – Third Quarter 2016

From June 2016 to September 2016 gross job gains in private sector establishments in Utah totaled 86,072, while gross job losses numbered 75,466, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Gross job gains exceeded gross job losses by 10,606. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that gross jobs gains exceeded gross job losses by 4,920 during the previous quarter.

The change in the number of jobs over time is the net result of increases and decreases in employment that occur at all businesses in the economy. Business Employment Dynamics (BED) statistics track these changes in employment at private business establishments from the third month of one quarter to the third month of the next. Gross job gains are the sum of increases in employment from expansions at existing establishments and the addition of new jobs at opening establishments. Gross job losses are the result of contractions in employment at existing establishments and the loss of jobs at closing establishments. The difference between the number of gross job gains and the number of gross job losses is the net change in employment. (See the Technical Note for more information.)

Gross job gains in Utah increased by 7,706 from June 2016 to September 2016 and have been above 70,000 in 15 of the past 16 quarters. Gross job losses also increased for the 3-months ended in September 2016, up 2,020, and were at their highest level since the second quarter of 2009. Despite the increase in the number of gross job losses in this quarter, gross job gains have exceeded gross job losses in each quarter since June 2010. (See chart 1.)

Gross job gains represented 7.4 percent of private sector employment in Utah in the quarter ended September 2016, while nationally gross job gains accounted for 6.4 percent of private sector employment. (See chart 2.) The rate of gross job gains in Utah has been above the U.S. rate in each quarter since data were first published in 1992, with the exception of the fourth quarter of 1997 when Utah’s rate matched the national rate. The rate of gross job losses in Utah has generally exceeded the U.S. rate each quarter since December 1995.

During the third quarter of 2016, gross job gains exceeded gross job losses in 10 of the 11 industry sectors in Utah. For example, within education and health services, gross job gains exceeded gross job losses by 3,267. While 10,857 jobs in the industry were created by opening and expanding establishments, 7,590 jobs were lost in closing and contracting establishments in the 3-months ended in September 2016. In professional and business services, 16,613 jobs were created in opening and expanding establishments and 14,396 jobs were lost in closing and contracting establishments. Gross job gains exceeded gross job losses by more than 1,000 in two other industry sectors—retail trade (1,175) and manufacturing (1,033). (See table 1.)

Gross job losses exceeded gross job gains in the construction sector during the third quarter of 2016. The 8,943 jobs lost in contracting and closing establishments offset the 8,435 jobs created in expanding and opening establishments.

For More Information

BED data for the states have been included in table 2 of this release. For more information on the Business Employment Dynamics data, visit the BED web site at www.bls.gov/bdm/.

The Business Employment Dynamics for Fourth Quarter 2016 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


Technical Note

The Business Employment Dynamics (BED) data are a product of a federal-state cooperative program known as Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). The BED data are compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from existing QCEW records. Most employers in the U.S. are required to file quarterly reports on the employment and wages of workers covered by unemployment insurance (UI) laws, and to pay quarterly UI taxes. The QCEW is based largely on quarterly UI reports which are sent by businesses to the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). These UI reports are supplemented by two additional BLS data collections to render administrative data into economic statistics. Together these data comprise the QCEW and form the basis of the Bureau’s establishment universe sampling frame.

In the BED program, the quarterly QCEW records are linked across quarters to provide a longitudinal history for each establishment. The linkage process allows the tracking of net employment changes at the establishment level, which in turn allows the estimation of jobs gained at opening and expanding establishments and jobs lost at closing and contracting establishments.

The change in the number of jobs over time is the net result of increases and decreases in employment that occur at all businesses in the economy. BED statistics track these changes in employment at private business establishments from the third month of one quarter to the third month of the next. Gross job gains are the sum of increases in employment from expansions at existing establishments and the addition of new jobs at opening establishments. Gross job losses are the result of contractions in employment at existing establishments and the loss of jobs at closing establishments. The difference between the number of gross jobs gained and the number of gross jobs lost is the net change in employment.

Gross job gains and gross job losses are expressed as rates by dividing their levels by the average of employment in the current and previous quarters. The rates are calculated for the components of gross job gains and gross job losses and then summed to form their respective totals. These rates can be added and subtracted just as their levels can. For instance, the difference between the gross job gains rate and the gross job losses rate is the net growth rate.

The formal definitions of employment changes are as follows:

Openings.  These are either establishments with positive third month employment for the first time in the current quarter, with no links to the prior quarter, or with positive third month employment in the current quarter following zero employment in the previous quarter.

Expansions.  These are establishments with positive employment in the third month in both the previous and current quarters, with a net increase in employment over this period.

Closings.  These are either establishments with positive third month employment in the previous quarter, with no employment or zero employment reported in the current quarter.

Contractions.  These are establishments with positive employment in the third month in both the previous and current quarters, with a net decrease in employment over this period.

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Table 1. Private sector gross job gains and losses by industry, Utah, seasonally adjusted
Category Gross job gains and job losses
(3 months ended)
Gross job gains and job losses
as a percent of employment
(3 months ended)
Sept
2015
Dec.
2015
Mar.
2016
June
2016
Sept
2016
Sept
2015
Dec.
2015
Mar.
2016
June
2016
Sept
2016

Total private (1)

 

Gross job gains

78,739 81,519 84,042 78,366 86,072 7.0 7.2 7.3 6.7 7.4

At expanding establishments

64,541 66,073 69,429 65,093 68,939 5.7 5.8 6.0 5.6 5.9

At opening establishments

14,198 15,446 14,613 13,273 17,133 1.3 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.5

Gross job losses

67,620 68,467 68,450 73,446 75,466 6.0 6.0 5.9 6.4 6.5

At contracting establishments

54,751 54,830 56,865 61,180 61,762 4.9 4.8 4.9 5.3 5.3

At closing establishments

12,869 13,637 11,585 12,266 13,704 1.1 1.2 1.0 1.1 1.2

Net employment change (2)

11,119 13,052 15,592 4,920 10,606 1.0 1.2 1.4 0.3 0.9

Construction

 

Gross job gains

8,555 10,516 10,990 8,840 8,435 10.2 12.1 12.0 9.6 9.3

At expanding establishments

6,956 8,610 8,992 7,311 6,518 8.3 9.9 9.8 7.9 7.2

At opening establishments

1,599 1,906 1,998 1,529 1,917 1.9 2.2 2.2 1.7 2.1

Gross job losses

7,902 6,899 7,485 9,411 8,943 9.4 8.0 8.1 10.2 9.9

At contracting establishments

6,157 5,375 5,892 7,876 7,489 7.3 6.2 6.4 8.5 8.3

At closing establishments

1,745 1,524 1,593 1,535 1,454 2.1 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.6

Net employment change (2)

653 3,617 3,505 -571 -508 0.8 4.1 3.9 -0.6 -0.6

Manufacturing

 

Gross job gains

4,278 4,770 4,279 3,949 4,658 3.5 3.9 3.5 3.1 3.8

At expanding establishments

3,768 4,290 3,925 3,527 4,218 3.1 3.5 3.2 2.8 3.4

At opening establishments

510 480 354 422 440 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.4

Gross job losses

4,103 4,197 3,642 4,201 3,625 3.4 3.4 2.9 3.3 2.9

At contracting establishments

3,517 3,701 3,271 3,774 3,235 2.9 3.0 2.6 3.0 2.6

At closing establishments

586 496 371 427 390 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3

Net employment change (2)

175 573 637 -252 1,033 0.1 0.5 0.6 -0.2 0.9

Wholesale trade

 

Gross job gains

2,564 2,537 2,657 2,393 2,542 5.1 5.0 5.3 4.8 5.1

At expanding establishments

2,096 1,979 2,212 1,929 2,088 4.2 3.9 4.4 3.9 4.2

At opening establishments

468 558 445 464 454 0.9 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.9

Gross job losses

2,412 2,556 2,182 2,373 2,268 4.8 5.1 4.4 4.8 4.6

At contracting establishments

1,897 1,885 1,705 1,887 1,792 3.8 3.8 3.4 3.8 3.6

At closing establishments

515 671 477 486 476 1.0 1.3 1.0 1.0 1.0

Net employment change (2)

152 -19 475 20 274 0.3 -0.1 0.9 0.0 0.5

Retail trade

 

Gross job gains

10,807 9,884 12,918 10,347 12,063 6.8 6.2 8.0 6.2 7.3

At expanding establishments

9,076 8,656 10,870 9,158 9,951 5.7 5.4 6.7 5.5 6.0

At opening establishments

1,731 1,228 2,048 1,189 2,112 1.1 0.8 1.3 0.7 1.3

Gross job losses

8,789 8,915 8,243 9,951 10,888 5.5 5.6 5.0 5.9 6.6

At contracting establishments

7,398 7,546 7,190 8,876 9,277 4.6 4.7 4.4 5.3 5.6

At closing establishments

1,391 1,369 1,053 1,075 1,611 0.9 0.9 0.6 0.6 1.0

Net employment change (2)

2,018 969 4,675 396 1,175 1.3 0.6 3.0 0.3 0.7

Transportation and warehousing

 

Gross job gains

3,074 3,574 2,826 2,808 3,136 6.2 7.1 5.5 5.5 6.1

At expanding establishments

2,658 3,154 2,451 2,449 2,600 5.4 6.3 4.8 4.8 5.1

At opening establishments

416 420 375 359 536 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 1.0

Gross job losses

2,196 2,284 2,989 2,381 2,609 4.4 4.6 5.9 4.7 5.1

At contracting establishments

1,834 1,933 2,586 2,027 2,217 3.7 3.9 5.1 4.0 4.3

At closing establishments

362 351 403 354 392 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.8

Net employment change (2)

878 1,290 -163 427 527 1.8 2.5 -0.4 0.8 1.0

Information

 

Gross job gains

2,514 2,484 2,156 1,987 2,420 7.5 7.3 6.2 5.6 6.7

At expanding establishments

1,932 2,001 1,807 1,756 1,951 5.8 5.9 5.2 4.9 5.4

At opening establishments

582 483 349 231 469 1.7 1.4 1.0 0.7 1.3

Gross job losses

1,736 1,694 1,659 1,797 1,878 5.2 5.0 4.8 5.1 5.3

At contracting establishments

1,354 1,368 1,377 1,456 1,349 4.1 4.0 4.0 4.1 3.8

At closing establishments

382 326 282 341 529 1.1 1.0 0.8 1.0 1.5

Net employment change (2)

778 790 497 190 542 2.3 2.3 1.4 0.5 1.4

Financial activities

 

Gross job gains

4,574 4,739 4,951 4,834 5,311 5.7 5.9 6.2 5.9 6.5

At expanding establishments

3,669 3,461 4,025 3,741 4,003 4.6 4.3 5.0 4.6 4.9

At opening establishments

905 1,278 926 1,093 1,308 1.1 1.6 1.2 1.3 1.6

Gross job losses

3,616 4,016 3,957 3,644 4,416 4.5 5.0 4.9 4.5 5.4

At contracting establishments

2,721 2,789 2,996 2,659 3,288 3.4 3.5 3.7 3.3 4.0

At closing establishments

895 1,227 961 985 1,128 1.1 1.5 1.2 1.2 1.4

Net employment change (2)

958 723 994 1,190 895 1.2 0.9 1.3 1.4 1.1

Professional and business services

 

Gross job gains

15,569 16,237 15,151 15,855 16,613 8.1 8.4 7.7 8.0 8.3

At expanding establishments

12,505 12,020 11,655 12,743 13,039 6.5 6.2 5.9 6.4 6.5

At opening establishments

3,064 4,217 3,496 3,112 3,574 1.6 2.2 1.8 1.6 1.8

Gross job losses

14,643 13,538 14,241 14,802 14,396 7.5 6.9 7.2 7.4 7.2

At contracting establishments

11,273 10,596 11,354 11,545 11,663 5.8 5.4 5.7 5.8 5.8

At closing establishments

3,370 2,942 2,887 3,257 2,733 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.4

Net employment change (2)

926 2,699 910 1,053 2,217 0.6 1.5 0.5 0.6 1.1

Education and health services

 

Gross job gains

9,380 8,799 8,633 9,018 10,857 5.6 5.2 5.0 5.2 6.1

At expanding establishments

7,640 6,987 7,060 7,645 8,504 4.6 4.1 4.1 4.4 4.8

At opening establishments

1,740 1,812 1,573 1,373 2,353 1.0 1.1 0.9 0.8 1.3

Gross job losses

6,100 7,420 6,326 7,748 7,590 3.7 4.4 3.7 4.4 4.3

At contracting establishments

4,817 5,400 5,125 6,300 6,127 2.9 3.2 3.0 3.6 3.5

At closing establishments

1,283 2,020 1,201 1,448 1,463 0.8 1.2 0.7 0.8 0.8

Net employment change (2)

3,280 1,379 2,307 1,270 3,267 1.9 0.8 1.3 0.8 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

 

Gross job gains

13,691 13,934 15,553 14,193 15,327 10.2 10.2 11.3 10.2 11.0

At expanding establishments

11,384 11,718 13,523 11,788 12,431 8.5 8.6 9.8 8.5 8.9

At opening establishments

2,307 2,216 2,030 2,405 2,896 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.7 2.1

Gross job losses

11,887 12,988 13,982 12,479 14,472 8.8 9.6 10.2 9.0 10.4

At contracting establishments

10,266 11,144 12,338 10,949 11,993 7.6 8.2 9.0 7.9 8.6

At closing establishments

1,621 1,844 1,644 1,530 2,479 1.2 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.8

Net employment change (2)

1,804 946 1,571 1,714 855 1.4 0.6 1.1 1.2 0.6

Other services (3)

 

Gross job gains

2,504 2,804 2,471 2,724 2,967 7.7 8.5 7.4 8.2 8.9

At expanding establishments

1,954 2,212 1,898 2,162 2,233 6.0 6.7 5.7 6.5 6.7

At opening establishments

550 592 573 562 734 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.7 2.2

Gross job losses

2,554 2,342 2,215 2,522 2,705 7.8 7.1 6.6 7.5 8.1

At contracting establishments

2,091 1,801 1,773 1,976 2,114 6.4 5.5 5.3 5.9 6.3

At closing establishments

463 541 442 546 591 1.4 1.6 1.3 1.6 1.8

Net employment change (2)

-50 462 256 202 262 -0.1 1.4 0.8 0.7 0.8

Footnotes:
(1) Includes unclassified sector not shown separately.
(2) The net employment change is the difference between total gross job gains and total gross job losses. See the Technical Note for further information.
(3) Except public administration.
 

Table 2. Private sector gross job gains and losses as a percent of total employment by state, seasonally adjusted
Category Gross job gains as a percent of employment
(3 months ended)
Gross job losses as a percent of employment
(3 months ended)
Sept.
2015
Dec.
2015
Mar.
2016
June
2016
Sept.
2016
Sept.
2015
Dec.
2015
Mar.
2016
June
2016
Sept.
2016

United States(1)

6.3 6.6 5.8 6.2 6.4 5.8 5.8 5.7 6.0 5.8

Alabama

5.8 6.2 5.8 5.8 6.2 5.5 5.3 5.4 5.8 5.7

Alaska

9.1 9.6 9.4 10.3 9.0 10.3 10.5 9.7 11.9 11.1

Arizona

6.8 6.9 6.0 6.1 7.1 5.4 5.4 5.7 6.1 5.2

Arkansas

6.1 6.3 5.4 5.4 6.2 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.8 5.4

California

6.9 7.6 6.5 6.8 6.9 5.9 6.7 6.3 6.7 6.1

Colorado

7.0 7.0 6.6 6.9 7.1 6.4 6.4 6.1 6.5 6.2

Connecticut

5.1 5.5 5.2 5.4 5.2 5.9 4.9 5.0 5.3 5.3

Delaware

6.1 7.3 6.5 6.7 6.3 6.1 6.2 6.4 6.6 6.5

District of Columbia

6.1 6.2 5.2 5.8 6.2 5.4 4.6 5.6 6.1 5.7

Florida

6.9 7.2 6.1 6.4 7.4 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.9 5.7

Georgia

6.5 6.9 6.1 7.0 6.7 5.9 5.7 5.6 6.6 5.9

Hawaii

5.1 5.8 4.9 5.4 5.8 4.6 4.4 4.9 6.0 5.0

Idaho

7.8 7.9 8.2 7.1 7.9 7.0 6.9 6.3 7.1 7.1

Illinois

5.4 6.4 5.3 5.9 5.7 5.8 5.6 5.4 5.9 5.7

Indiana

5.5 6.2 5.5 5.2 5.8 5.3 4.9 5.3 5.2 5.1

Iowa

5.7 6.0 6.0 5.6 6.0 6.0 5.7 5.3 6.1 5.8

Kansas

5.7 6.2 5.8 5.6 6.2 5.8 5.6 5.9 6.3 5.6

Kentucky

6.1 6.7 5.7 6.2 6.7 5.7 5.4 5.8 5.8 6.2

Louisiana

6.2 6.5 6.0 5.9 6.6 6.2 6.4 6.6 6.9 6.5

Maine

6.6 8.6 8.0 7.7 6.7 7.1 7.1 6.9 6.7 7.4

Maryland

6.5 6.8 6.2 6.3 6.5 6.2 5.9 6.0 6.3 6.0

Massachusetts

5.4 5.9 5.2 6.0 5.7 5.6 5.2 5.0 5.2 5.5

Michigan

5.4 6.1 5.4 5.9 5.6 5.6 5.3 4.9 5.3 5.6

Minnesota

5.4 6.1 5.4 5.9 6.1 5.8 5.7 5.2 5.6 5.6

Mississippi

6.2 7.1 5.7 5.7 6.3 5.9 5.4 6.1 6.5 5.6

Missouri

5.7 6.3 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.5 5.3 5.3 5.4 5.4

Montana

7.6 8.5 7.8 7.9 7.6 7.7 7.3 7.2 8.6 7.8

Nebraska

6.0 6.1 5.8 5.7 6.4 5.6 5.5 5.5 6.0 5.9

Nevada

6.2 6.8 6.3 6.5 6.7 5.6 5.3 5.7 5.6 5.5

New Hampshire

6.1 6.7 6.0 6.5 6.4 6.4 5.6 5.8 5.9 6.3

New Jersey

6.3 6.7 5.9 6.5 6.3 6.2 5.9 5.9 5.8 5.8

New Mexico

6.5 7.0 6.2 6.5 6.8 6.6 6.9 6.3 6.7 6.2

New York

6.3 6.4 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.0 5.7 5.7 5.8 5.9

North Carolina

6.3 6.7 6.0 6.3 6.1 5.7 5.5 5.6 5.8 5.8

North Dakota

7.1 6.7 6.6 6.8 8.1 8.5 8.1 8.9 9.0 7.1

Ohio

5.5 6.0 5.4 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.1 5.1 5.6 5.6

Oklahoma

6.1 6.3 5.7 5.8 6.3 6.1 6.5 6.4 6.8 6.0

Oregon

7.0 7.0 7.0 6.7 6.9 6.4 6.2 5.8 6.5 6.4

Pennsylvania

5.3 5.7 5.4 5.3 5.7 5.3 5.1 5.2 5.4 5.1

Rhode Island

5.8 6.6 5.8 6.2 5.6 5.8 5.7 5.9 6.2 6.0

South Carolina

6.1 7.1 6.1 6.3 6.3 5.8 5.3 5.8 5.8 5.7

South Dakota

5.9 6.7 6.2 6.4 6.4 6.1 5.9 6.1 6.2 6.2

Tennessee

5.8 6.3 5.2 5.7 5.9 5.1 4.8 5.1 5.3 5.2

Texas

5.9 6.1 4.7 6.3 6.2 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.4 5.4

Utah

7.0 7.2 7.3 6.7 7.4 6.0 6.0 5.9 6.4 6.5

Vermont

6.9 7.2 6.6 7.4 7.2 7.7 6.5 6.9 7.2 7.4

Virginia

7.1 6.4 5.9 6.4 6.0 5.8 5.6 5.9 6.0 6.1

Washington

6.7 6.8 7.1 7.2 6.7 6.8 6.2 5.6 5.8 6.4

West Virginia

5.8 6.6 5.9 5.8 6.6 6.7 6.3 6.9 6.9 6.6

Wisconsin

5.6 6.0 5.6 5.7 5.5 5.6 5.2 5.2 5.7 5.5

Wyoming

8.5 9.0 7.9 7.7 8.3 9.2 9.3 9.4 10.4 8.9

Puerto Rico

5.9 6.3 5.7 5.6 5.8 6.3 5.7 6.0 5.6 5.7

Virgin Islands

6.0 7.3 5.7 6.3 6.2 7.3 5.3 5.4 5.8 6.5

Footnotes
(1) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017