Utah has been cited as an example of economic success, with a strong and growing economy that is putting many to work. For Hispanic Americans in Utah, this translates to a growing job market with the potential for higher wages.
The state’s Hispanic population has more than doubled since 2000, and according to the American Community Survey from 2018, Hispanics make up 11.3 percent of the total population in Utah. In addition to this, they also make up a sizeable portion of the workforce.
Many Hispanic Americans are finding employment in industries such as construction, mining and quarrying, transportation and warehousing, as well as hospitality. This has allowed them to increase their wages, allowing them to reach higher income levels. Additionally, many of these industries have shown growth over the past several years.
In addition to traditional employment opportunities, entrepreneurs in the Hispanic-American community have been able to start their own businesses, tapping into the state’s growing job market and capitalizing on Utah’s economic development.
The Utah Department of Workforce Services offers programs geared toward helping Hispanic Americans secure employment. Through initiatives such as the American Dream Job Initiative, the department works to promote career pathways for this demographic. The department also provides other resources such as help with job searching and resume building.