Utah jobless rate rises for second month in a row

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s unemployment rate has climbed for the second month in a row.

A report released Friday by the state Department for Workforce Services shows Utah’s jobless rate in May was 3.8 percent.

The rate in April was 3.7 percent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate in May fell to 4.7 percent.

Carrie Mayne, an economist with Utah’s Workforce Services department, says officials think Utah’s unemployment rate is slightly higher because more workers who had not been searching for employment started looking for new jobs as the economy has improved.

The unemployment rate counts Utah residents who are unemployed but looking for work.

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