Defense industry supported 109,000 Utah jobs, research shows

The defense industry continues to play a significant role in Utah’s economy. Research released Thursday by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute showed the defense industry directly and indirectly supported 109,000 jobs, almost 6 percent of the state total. The $9.2 billion in economic activity it generated represented 6.2 percent of Utah’s gross domestic product, said Juliette Tennert, institute director of economic and public policy research. “Utah’s defense industry,” she noted, has an “impact ...

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