Tuesday, March 19, 2013

San Juan Highlights

San Juan county remains one of the counties hit hardest by the recent recession. Total nonfarm employment year-over growth has been negative in San Juan county since the summer of 2011. San Juan county’s total employment for third quarter 2012 fell by 111 jobs, a 2.6 percent year-over-year decline. Recovery has been tough for this corner of the state, but there were some bright patches during the third quarter.

Professional and business services added 37 jobs in the third quarter compared to the same quarter of 2011, representing a 22.8 percent increase. Educational, health and social services also grew by 8.9 percent, or 50 jobs. Construction, accommodation and food services, and retail were some industries that saw the biggest third quarter declines in terms of employment. Government, too, shed 46 jobs.

Construction data from the Bureau of Economic and Business research at the University of Utah tells the same story. Construction is stalled as dwelling permits are at 4 percent change year-over-year and permit-authorized construction values dropped 4 percent year-over-year. Also, taxable sales data from the most recent Utah state tax commission report shows consumer spending is actually up 17.5 percent.

Read more about San Juan and Southeast Utah including the Castle Country area in the latest issue of Southeast Local Insights.

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