Work Force/Employment

The Utah Department of Workforce Services states that the 2011 civilian labor force was 1.34 million for the state. During October 2011, the Utah unemployment rate was 7.0%; in comparison, the national unemployment rate was 9.0%.  For period ending October 2011, the Davis County labor force was 143,773 and the unemployment rate was 6.4%.

As a percentage of total employment in Utah by industry (November 2011), Government (24.9%), Trade, Transportation, & Utilities leads with 19.1%, Professional & Business Services (11.7%), Education & Health Services (11%), Leisure & Hospitality (9.6%), Manufacturing (8.6%), Construction (6.7%), Financial Activities (3.6%), Other Services (2.7%), Information (1%), and Natural Resources & Mining (0.01%).

In Davis County, one-fourth of all jobs are in government (25,073 in year 2010), and Hill Air Force Base makes up the majority of those jobs. Over 20,000 people work at Hill Air Force Base, which includes military, civil service, and private contractors. Clearly, the economy in Davis County is anchored by Hill Air Force Base.  However, Davis County jobs are followed closely by Trade, Transportation, & Utilities with 19,241 jobs in 2010. The Freeport Center hosts over 70 companies, national and local, and employs over 7,000 employees.  In addition, Davis County job counts by sector in 2010 are given next: Professional Services (11,805), Education, Health, and Social Services (11,071), Leisure & Hospitality (9,712), Manufacturing (8,991), Construction (6,742), Financial Activities (3,708), Other Services (2,781), Information (1,102), and Mining (136).

Davis County Largest Employers 2009 (Above 500 Employees)
Company Industry Employment
Hill Air Force Base Federal Government 10000-14999
Davis County School District Public Education 7000-9999
Davis County Local Government 1000-1999
Lagoon Corporation Inc Amusement & Theme Park 1000-1999
Lifetime Products Inc Sport & Athletic Equip. Mfg 1000-1999
Smith's Marketplace Dist. Distribution Center 1000-1999
Wal-Mart Discount Department Store 1000-1999
ATK Space Systems Aerospace Mfg 500-999
Davis Hospital And Medical Center Hospital 500-999
Northrop Grumman Corp R&D in Physical, Engeneering, L.S. 500-999
Lakeview Hospital Hospital 500-999
Lofthouse Bakery Products Food Mfg 500-999
Management & Training Corp Job Training Services 500-999
South Davis Community Hospital Inc Hospital 500-999
State of Utah State Government 500-999
Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. Truck Trailer Mfg. 500-999

Comparative Wages

The median household income in Utah from 2008-2010 was $59,857, which ranks in the top 10% in the nation. However, the average wage in 2010 was only $39,282, placing Utah in the bottom half in the nation.  Nevertheless, Davis County’s median household income for 2010 was $64,840. The average wage estimate for 2009 was 36,780, placing it 7th out of 29 counties in Utah.

Ogden-Clearfield Metro Statistical Area Occupational Wages June 2010.
Occupation $/hr Occupation $/hr Occupation $/hr
Accountants and Auditors 29.91 Financial Managers 43.17 Office Clerks, General 11.75
Aerospace Engineers 40.37 First-Line Supervisors non Retail 26.09 Packers and Packagers 9.52
Automotive Mechanics 19.87 General and Operations Managers 37.47 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 16.23
Bookkeeping 15.81 Human Resources Assistants 17.92 Pharmacists 54.23
Carpenters 17.34 Janitors and Cleaners 10.04 Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers 21.61
Cashiers 9.22 Landscaping Workers 10.91 Receptionists and Information Clerks 10.29
Child Care Workers 8.98 Lawyers 57.34 Retail Salespersons 11.68
Computer Programmer Manager 45.69 Librarians 26.88 Secretaries not Legal, Medical, Executive 13.45
Computer Operators 16.26 Loan Officers 25.25 Security Guards 11.88
Construction Laborers 12.24 Maintenance and Repair Workers 18.19 Tellers 10.72
Construction Inspector 23.49 Marketing Managers 46.67 Waiters and Waitresses 9.76
Electricians 21.66 Nursing Aides 10.61