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Job numbers show strong national, Utah economy

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Posted at 8:15 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 22:15:55-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Employers gave the U.S. a pretty big gift last December, though it didn't arrive until the Bureau of Labor Statistics unwrapped it a week into January.

Turns out employers hired about 100,000 more Americans than economists expected, creating 292,000 new jobs for the month.

That bodes well for Utah, which is already well-ahead of the rest of the country in job creation.

"We have a strong workforce," said Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist with the Utah Department of Workforce Services." We have a very business friendly climate. We're also very diversified. We have the third most diversified state in the nation, so that always helps the economy."