SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's unemployment rate has improved from the same time last year and remains much better than the national figure, new labor statistics show.
The new numbers indicate that 5.4 percent of Utah's labor force was unemployed in January. That's down from 6 percent in January 2012, and marks a significant decrease from the 8.4 percent Utah reached in early 2010.
The national unemployment rate is 7.9 percent.
Mark Knold, chief economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, said the decline in the unemployment rate in 2011-2012 was due mainly to people who stopped trying to find work. With the youngest labor force in the country, many young adults chose to get more education and ride out the recession, he said.