GDP growth: 2%
Real 2011 GDP: $108 billion (17th lowest)
Population change: 1.5% (2nd highest)
Increase in employment: 2.2% (2nd highest)
Utah flourished despite the recession, and continues to now. As was the pattern across the country, its major contributors to growth were durable goods manufacturing, information, and the professional, scientific, and technical services sectors.
However, several other sectors had strong positive impacts on Utah's economic growth, a fact that speaks to the state having a healthy, well-rounded economy. From 2010 to 2011, the unemployment rate in the state fell from 8% to 6.7%, well below the national averages for both years.