FARMINGTON -- Note to President Barack Obama: For job growth tips, contact Davis County Community and Economic Development Director Kent Sulser.
On Tuesday, Sulser told the Davis County Commission that job growth within the county has done "remarkably well" during these tough economic times.
The county added 5,713 jobs during the first seven months of 2011, he said.
The jobs, mainly in the private sector, pushed the county's unemployment rate down to 6.9 percent, slightly below the state unemployment rate of 7 percent and well below the nation's 9 percent unemployment rate, Sulser said.
The unemployment rate in Davis County a year ago was 7.1 percent, according to the Davis County Assessor's online annual report.
The job growth totals do not include the 100 jobs recently added to the county with the opening of ATK's Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence in Clearfield, Sulser said.
The totals also do not include the 21 jobs being brought to the county with the expansion of Leigh Fibers, suppliers of reprocessed and raw fibers, Sulser said.
"Maybe the president will call to see what we are doing," Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said.
A recent report showed the U.S. economy experienced zero job growth in August, according to the United States Labor Department.
Where the county has been successful, is with the recognition it has been receiving regarding its "quality of life" status in some national publications, as well as the county's ability to partner with other entities to create potential job sites, Sulser said.
"We have worked diligently and closely with local communities in Davis County to promote and preserve land sites for future developments," he said. "There have been thousands of acres of ground that have been rezoned with the intent to preserve for development."
Some of those projects include Falcon Hill, a public/ private retail and office building venture being built west of Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Sunset, Roy and South Weber.
Other projects currently under way include the East Gate development in Layton and Farmington's Station Park.
But based on the quality of life the state of Utah offers its residents, Sulser is not surprised at the success the county is having to build its job base from 131,898 as of January to its present employment number of 137,587 as of the end of the July.
Sulser said although Davis County is experiencing steady job growth this year, about 35,000 Davis residents are still commuting south to Salt Lake County to work, while about 16,000 are commuting north to Weber County.
"We do have a pent-up supply of workers that would work (here) if they could."