Elevated Transit, a Salt City-based bus company, offers transportation between Richfield and Salt Lake, with several stops throughout Sanpete County. The federal government provides funding to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to open up mass transit in underserved areas. UDOT call for bids on providing the service, and Elevated won the contract. The company purchased brand-new coaches, complete with a restroom, free wireless Internet access, DVD players and satellite television. Sanpete Messenger
The Utah Court of Appeals has ruled that an air quality permit for a proposed gas-fueled power plant would stand. The decision upheld an administrative law judge’s earlier ruling that Sevier County Citizens for Clean Air and Water does not have standing in an appeal of the permit issued in 2012.
While the ruling represents the clearing of a major hurdle, there is still a lot of work to do before the proposal can make the leap from concept to reality according to company officials. The company can now pursue financing and power purchase agreements. Financing, power purchase agreements, natural gas delivery contracts and final engineering all have to be completed prior to construction, as well as a new gas line to feed the plant. The process to secure approval for a power plant is typically 28 to 32 months. The process for this particular project has taken more than a decade. Richfield Reaper
Employment by Major Industry (or Nonfarm Employment) is compiled payroll data for nonfarm workers. Nonfarm workers are all employees excluding government employees, private household employees, employees of nonprofit organizations and farm employees. DWS economists have broken these documents into county regions and are an important economic indicator of the current economic situation. For more: Why no "Farm" in Nonfarm Jobs?
Second quarter 2014 has been updated for counties in the Central Utah region. These can be found on each county's page in the links to right, as well as below.
Piute County once again found itself losing nonfarm jobs during the second quarter of 2014. Since the recession began, Piute County’s employment has contracted in all but four months. Compared with the county’s 2007 peak in nonfarm jobs (about 360 positions), employment today stands at less than 250, a decline of almost 30 percent. Nevertheless, the county’s jobless rate continues to edge downward as workers leave the county, the labor market or find jobs in neighboring areas. Other indicators certainly paint a brighter picture than jobs portray.
Following almost a year’s worth of strong job growth, Wayne County’s employment numbers dipped slightly by the end of second quarter 2014. In addition, the county, which lost its largest employer in 2012, continues to suffer with the highest unemployment rate in the state. Nevertheless, job totals have improved since the Aspen Health closure and joblessness is slowly contracting. Other indicators suggest the economy is slowly improving.