LAYTON -- Davis County posted a 4.5 percent increase in jobs over the last 12 months to lead Utah's Wasatch Front metropolitan corridor, according to a state report released Thursday.
The county had a net gain of about 4,600 jobs from November 2010 to November 2011, said Mark Knold, chief economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
Job growth in the county has occurred across multiple industries, including manufacturing; construction and professional; business services; and leisure and hospitality, signaling a recovery from the grips of a national recession, Knold said.
"The population growth has to find itself a place to live and Davis County has appeal and availability," he said.
Davis County is fortunate to have a diversified economy with many small- and medium-size companies, particularly in the manufacturing and health care industries, said Kent Sulser, the county's director of community and economic development.
In addition, commercial construction is on the upswing because of the Falcon Hill project at Hill Air Force Base, the Farmington Station and Park Lane Commons developments in Farmington, and the Legacy Gateway project in Centerville, he said.
"We've have had good job growth because businesses are expanding ... and because of shovel-ready sites in Davis County," Sulser said.
In Weber County, 250 jobs were added over the last 12 months, an increase of .3 percent, Knold said. Manufacturing makes up a big portion of Weber County's employment base, and that sector has been slow to recover from the recession, he added.
Steve Fishburn, Ogden's business development manager, said the city should be adding 1,000 jobs in 2012 with the recent recruitment of online retailer Wayfair, formally CSN Stores, and the online sales and services division of The Home Depot.
Morgan County had a decrease of 45 jobs, a net loss of about 2.5 percent, between November 2010 and November 2011.
The number of jobs in Box Elder County during the 12-month period decreased by about 400 for a decline of 2.4 percent, largely because of layoffs at Alliant Techsystems, Knold said.
Overall, about 30,300 jobs were added in Utah between November 2010 and November 2011, an increase of 2.5 percent, which is more than double the national average of 1.2 percent, the Workforce Services report states. The state's unemployment rate for the month was 6.4 percent, while the national rate was 8.6 percent.