In a study by 24/7 Wall St., the Ogden-Clearfield metro areas reports an 11-percent increase in job growth over the last four years. By June 2016, Ogden-Clearfield’s unemployment rate was just 3.9 percent.
To identify the cities with the highest job growth, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed metropolitan statistical areas with the largest changes in employment — the number of jobs from June 2012 through June 2016. Unemployment rates, the size of the labor force, and employment levels are from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households jointly administered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and U.S. Census Bureau. Industry-specific growth rates for the same period are from the Current Employment Survey (CES), also from the BLS.
Job gains, or losses, in an area are usually tied to particular industries — typically the nation’s largest. Health care and social assistance, retail trade, state and local government, and the professional and business services sectors are the nation’s major industry employers. The professional and business services sector was among the primary drivers of job growth, accounting for the most jobs added in seven of the 25 cities with the most job growth.
This job growth is yet another example of Ogden’s economic renaissance, and it is made possible by citizens and business owners who continually work to make Ogden a fiercely independent town with a bright future.