News Release
For Immediate Release

February 22, 2016

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Gallup Confirms – Utah Residents Most Positive About State Economy
Utahns describe economic conditions in the state as “excellent” and “getting better”

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah is at the top of the Economic Confidence Index, a measure on economic conditions and outlook. According to a recent Gallup poll, 84 percent of Utahns describe the state economic conditions as “excellent/good” and 83 percent see the state economy as “getting better.” Nowhere in the nation are people so upbeat and positive.

The Gallup poll numbers demonstrate that conservative ideals firmly rooted in sensible fiscal policies, and collaboration with all facets of industry, education and government, yield not only immediate results, but the strongest outlook on the economy in the U.S. Utah leads the poll by a wide margin – 14 percent higher than the second placed North Dakota.

“Utah’s conservative governance approach continues to pay back dividends for Utah’s economy,” Gov. Gary R. Herbert said. “The Gallup findings are the result of years of thoughtful, practical policies put forward by our business, civic and educational leaders.”

Even with the high percentages of economic positivity, Utah continues to make positive gains including workforce development and STEM education. Through programs such as the Utah Aerospace Pathways program and STEMFEST, incremental steps are being taken to ensure all Utahns have equal opportunity to succeed and find employment.

Gov. Herbert continues to work with the legislature to push Utah into a better future. The administration will work to maintain sound fiscal policy and a sensible regulatory environment.


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.