Forbes Ranks Utah City #2 for Jobs this Fall
Employers are optimistic when looking to the future with employment reaching levels seen before the recession (ManPower Group). Over 11,000 interviews were conducted among U.S. Employers recently showing a positive projection for jobs throughout the United States, however, western and southern states expect the highest percentage increase of the four U.S. regions. Western states as a whole reported a 24% net employment outlook for this fall. These statistics were “defined as the percentage of employers anticipating increased hiring, minus the percentage of employers anticipated a decrease–adjusted for seasonal variations” (Forbes). From these numbers, Forbes has determined the best and worst cities for jobs this fall, and Utah rises to the top once more.
Provo, Utah, located along the Wasatch Front, ranks #2 among the best cities for business. At a 31% projected job increase, Provo follows Honolulu, Hawaii at 33%. In past years, Utah has been considered a “fly over” state. However, since the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002, Utah has risen to the top. Some may ask “Why Provo?” and not Salt Lake City? Erin Laney, VP of Business Development at EDCUtah, says that Provo and Utah County continue to have strong productivity and job growth, putting Utah at the top of the list for companies and employers. Kip Wright, Senior Vice President of ManPower North America, states that, “while employers are looking to grow their workforces, many are challenged to find candidates with the right skills” (Forbes). Provo, Utah seems to provide the answer to that problem. Laney points out that the reason that Provo has an increased employment outlook is due to the amount of talent that continues to come from Provo. Two of the largest universities in Utah, Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University, based in the Provo area provided a combined total of 12,992 degrees in 2015. Companies are recognizing this talent and have started moving their businesses to Utah County which creates a clustering effect drawing even more job opportunities into the area.
This rating is an all-around win for the Wasatch Front as people living in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas are now commuting to Provo. The population density along the Wasatch Front allows for this type of mobility, and “signifies a bigger trend,” says Laney as these ratings are “helping to distinguish Utah in people’s minds.” Overall, Utah continues to solidify its place as a prominent business center in America.