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Utah goes from No. 1 to No. 3 in job creation

Utah is no longer No. 1 among the states for creating jobs. But it is No. 3.

The number of jobs in Utah grew by 3% in the 12-month period between September 2018 and September 2019, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That ranked behind only Nevada at 3.2% and Idaho at 3.1%. Utah had ranked No. 1 for the period from July 2018 to July 2019.

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 45,500 jobs in the September-to-September period.

“Utah is moving into the latter months of 2019 on a strong economic footing,” Mark Knold, chief economist at the Utah Department of Workforce Services, said.