Other economic indicators represent a mixed bag of performances. Here’s some details:
- Between December 2011 and December 2012, Piute County lost just one nonfarm job. In addition little change was apparent in any of the area’s industries.
- The loss of three jobs in trade/transportation/utilities and a two-job gain in construction marked the largest movements of note.
- The county’s unemployment rate does continue to trend downward—primarily because so many Piute County workers have found employment outside of the county’s boundaries. In February 2013, its jobless rate registered 5.6 percent—not all that much higher than the statewide rate of 5.2 percent. Since February of last year, the county’s jobless rate has dropped by 0.6 percentage points.
- So far in 2013, Piute County’s first-time claims for unemployment insurance have continued in a seasonal rather than cyclical pattern.
- Fourth quarter 2012 gross taxable sales for Piute County rose 10 percent compared to the same quarter in 2011. However, the previous two quarters showed declining sales.