Employers feel the squeeze in Utah. Salaries rising to compete for scarce employees

Utah employers are continuing to add jobs at the highest rate in a decade – and raising wages to fill available positions, the state reported Tuesday.

The state added 48,500 jobs in the year that ended March 31 for a job-growth rate of 4.3 percent, the Utah Department of Workforce Services said. Utah remains one of three states – including Nevada and Arizona – that are adding jobs at the highest rate nationally.

The state won’t have much data until later this year to demonstrate just how much employers are raising wages to better attract workers. But state economist Mark Knold said he has no doubt the numbers will show that employers have had to raise wages for a variety of positions in recent months.

By Lesley Mitchell
The Salt Lake Tribune

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