Employers in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Tucson, Ariz., also anticipate a significant upswing in hiring for the next quarter.

Nearly a quarter (24%) of Salt Lake City employers reported positive forecasts, while 2% drew a bleaker picture. Seventy-one percent said they wouldn’t be changing their employment levels and the remaining 3% were unsure of their hiring plans. With a net employment outlook of 22%, Salt Lake is the third best place for finding a job this spring.

“Utah’s economic success used to be one of the best kept secrets in the nation, but that has shifted significantly in the past few years,” says Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “We’ve been ranked as the best state for business and careers by Forbes three years in a row, and we consistently rank as one of the fastest growing and best managed states. We have something very special going on in our state. Our business community is organized, united and ready to work with our elected officials. And we have a very pro-business governor and Legislature. That combination is rare, and it is the primary reason our economy is performing as well as it has.”