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Third-quarter (2013) total nonfarm employment in Weber County increased 2.7 percent year-over-year. Total employment in the third quarter of 2013 in Weber County was 94,484, a 2,513 job increase from the same period in 2012.

  • Goods-Producing Employment: Increased 2.5 percent, or 420 jobs, from the third quarter of 2012.
  • Manufacturing added 185 jobs, taking total employment from 12,242 in 2012 to 12,427 in 2013.
  • Service-Providing Employment: Private-sector services added 2,441 jobs, a growth rate of 4.4 percent from the previous year. The Professional and business services and the trade, transportation, and utilities sectors increased by 1,360 and 441 jobs, respectively.
  • Government Employment: Government employment shrank 1.8 percent from the third quarter 2012 to the third quarter 2013. State government added 30 employees, while federal and local government each lost a total of 107 and 271 jobs.

December 2013 unemployment rate for Weber County was 4.4 percent, down slightly from the month prior. Over the last year, the county unemployment rate has fallen 1.9 percentage points. Weber County was only 0.3 percentage points higher than the state average in December.
On average, the number of initial unemployment claims filed per week in the fourth quarter decreased by 173 claims from 2012 to 2013. The average number filed declines significantly if the two weeks of the federal government shutdown are excluded, in which case the average number of claims drops 19 per week from the previous year.
Third-quarter taxable sales in the county increased 4.7 percent from 2012 to 2013, which was 1.0 percentage points faster than the state average. In the third quarter of 2013 taxable sales were approximately $900.4 million, which was an increase of approximately $40.6 million from the previous year. Source: Department of Workforce Services and USTC