Salt Lake County Job Growth Ranked No. 3 Among Nation's Large Counties

Salt Lake County ranked No. 3 for job growth between 2013 and 2014 among the 50 counties nationally with the most employees, a new study says. The U.S. Census Bureau released that information Thursday as part of its annual County Business Patterns study. It said Salt Lake County's employment grew by 4.7 percent that year. Only San Francisco, Calif., and Travis County, Texas (the home of Austin) had bigger growth, both at 5.7 percent.

The U.S. Census Bureau released that information Thursday as part of its annual County Business Patterns study. It said Salt Lake County's employment grew by 4.7 percent that year. Only San Francisco, Calif., and Travis County, Texas (the home of Austin) had bigger growth, both at 5.7 percent.

The Census Bureau estimated that Salt Lake County had 524,287 workers on March 12, 2013, which increased to 549,047 a year later.

In the same time period, it estimated that the annual payroll in Salt Lake County had increased by 6 percent — from $24.4 billion to $25.8 billion. The number of firms with employees was estimated to increase from 29,886 to 30,279, up 1.3 percent.

Salt Lake County industries with the fastest-growing employment by percentage included management of companies and enterprises, up 11.5 percent; real estate, up 10.9 percent; information, 9.7 percent; and professional, scientific and technical services, 8 percent.

By the actual number of employees added, Salt Lake County's fastest-growing industries were professional, scientific and technical services, up by 3,325 workers; finance and insurance, up by 2,798; information, up 2,254; and retail trade, up 2,254.

The Census Bureau estimates that the industries with the most workers in Salt Lake County are: health care, 59,822 employees; retail trade, 59,196; manufacturing, 47,301; handling day-to-day operations for other organizations, 45,335; and professional, scientific and technical services, 44,982.

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