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Utah Halfway To Governor's Goal Of 100,000 Jobs

A tech corridor running from the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy to Provo has added 24,000 jobs since January, said Michael Sullivan, a spokesman for the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

"We do a number of things to help business, but mainly it's about getting out of the way," said Spencer Eccles, Herbert's chief economic developer.

Utah has 1.2 million nonfarm jobs, more than Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming or Idaho, but fewer than Arizona or Colorado, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It added 34,100 jobs, an increase of 2.7 percent, from May 2012 to May 2013, the bureau said.

Herbert used a different timeframe to report that Utah had added 63,600 jobs since January 2012. Sullivan said those figures come from employment numbers compiled by the Utah Department of Workforce Services from payroll reports that employers submit monthly.

Hourly earnings average $22.80 in Utah, which is greater than in Nevada or New Mexico but less than in Arizona or, notably, Colorado, where wages average $25.46, according to the bureau.

Herbert cited different statistics to report that people in Utah "are making more money" with personal income rising at an annual rate of 5.8 percent.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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