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Labor Force Participation Among Utah Women. Utah Women Stats Research Snapshot (No. 5).
  • Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University
  • Robbyn T. Scribner, Utah Valley University
Over the past half-century or so, Utah women’s participation in the labor force has steadily increased at a rate of about 8% per decade. According to the most recent (2015) U.S. Census Bureau estimates, women in Utah make up 43.9% of the state workforce, which is slightly lower than the U.S. women’s share of the national workforce, 47.4%. In general, Utah women are about as likely to be employed as U.S. women, but Utah women are less likely to work full-time year round. Numerous factors influence Utah women’s experiences in the labor force, including such barriers to successful employment as trouble accessing affordable childcare and occupational segregation in lower-paying industries. 
This research snapshot focuses on three key areas: 
1) An overview of Utah women’s labor force participation, broken down by demographics,
2) An exploration of the industries and occupations where Utah women are most likely to work, and
3) A discussion of ways to increase Utah women’s success in the labor force.
Publication Date
December 2, 2016
Citation Information
Madsen, S. R., & Scribner, R. (2016, December 2). Labor force participation among Utah women. Utah Women Stats Research Snapshot (No. 5). Office of the Utah Women & Leadership Project. Retrieved from