Utah unemployment rate rises to 6.2 percent

Utah unemployment rate rises to 6.2 percent

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Utah's unemployment rate rose from 6 percent to 6.2 percent from August to September.

But the Utah Department of Workforce Services says the state may have turned a corner.

Workforce services says Utah is still losing jobs, but at a slower rate. That change suggests the Utah economy may have reached a low point in August and that the trend going forward will be on the upswing.

Workforce services says about 84,300 Utahns were considered unemployed in September 2009, compared to 46,700 last September, when the state's unemployment rate was 3.4 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate in September climbed one-tenth, to 9.8 percent.

Utah has lost 51,500 jobs over the past year, leaving total employment at just over 1.2 million.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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