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Old 03-09-2009, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Hey SLCrising, wonder what your take on this is. I asked this question on the SLC forum about a month ago and didn't get much of a response. Why do you think SLC has such a low unemployment rate? (last reported at Dec. 2008-- 3.8% versus 6.3% in Denver vs 7.1% nationally-- I'm sure all these numbers are higher now). Does that statistic jibe with the reality you see living there?
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Salt Lake City is an interesting place. They currently have the LOWEST unemployment rate of any major metro area in the nation (1+ million) right now. Not sure why, but they must be doing something right. Also their mountains are spectacular and SLC is closer than Denver to the red rock country of southern Utah that I love. (Although Moab UT is doable as a weekend trip from Denver). But as for living there... I don't know, I don't think I could handle the extreme dominance of the Mormon religion. And their smog is sick-- if I liked smog so much I would just stay in LA. I think it's safe to say that Denver blows away SLC.

Ever seen the movie SLC Punk?
No, I didn't see the movie! I did see the smog in SLC, even on a Sunday morning when there was virtually NO traffic.
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:37 PM
 
Location: DEN-CO
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Vegas, my experience here, at least in my opinion, is that the state is fairly isolated and thus a bit slow to react to what happens elsewhere. It seems to take a bit of time for things to trickle down from Main Street U.S.A. to Main Street S.L.C.

I saw the movie, a bit trippy!
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Denver,Co
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My only guess is maybe having the church there with the support that it gives to the local economy might make it a little more secure than in other areas
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Mile high city
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Umemployment rates can be a tricky thing. Living in SLC I never once got an interview and there were few gov jobs. There seemed to be a lot of fast food jobs and I was able to get work out of temp agencies for the salt palace. So I guess when we hear low employment rates for a city we need to ask, what kind of jobs?
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: DEN-CO
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Umemployment rates can be a tricky thing. Living in SLC I never once got an interview and there were few gov jobs. There seemed to be a lot of fast food jobs and I was able to get work out of temp agencies for the salt palace. So I guess when we hear low employment rates for a city we need to ask, what kind of jobs?

Right D-town, a lot of service industry jobs (nothing wrong with it) and call center jobs (again nothing wrong). I do find the Denver economy is more diverse though. I don't know the Church has much influence on hiring, unless of course you apply to The Church, but I've gotten jobs obviously (not Mormon), and my religious preference has never been a consideration, nor mentioned in an interview. That being said, I try to never talk religion with co-workers, once I am employed at XYZ Company.
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Denver,Co
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Well the church definately can invest in certain industries. I think there are two huge construction projects going up in downtown salt lake right now that have the church's investment dollars at work. Thats more towards what i meant to say
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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Salt Lake City is an interesting place. They currently have the LOWEST unemployment rate of any major metro area in the nation (1+ million) right now. Not sure why, but they must be doing something right.
Jaded version: A traditional Mormon family consists of a working father, a stay at home mother (usually just one), and at least 5 kids. This eliminates nearly half of the population (women) from able to work and looking for work statistic (aka unemployment). Additionally, the head of household is less likely to loose his job and more likely to find another job from his religious brothers.

Additional comment: Most Mormons work hard. It is part of their culture. The Beehive state is busy as a bee. The down side is one up man ship. Check out the way some of the mothers live in Draper (Ranger Rovers, lunches out, etc...).
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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SALT LAKE CITY is 10x better than Denver. I you want to go boating, you drive 45 min. If you want to go skiing , hiking, or camping, you drive 15 min to an hour. If you want to go the beautiful Red Rock Deserts than you drive only a couple hours. SLC is amazing and you will never be bored. The breath taking mountains are sooooooo close and the sunsets over the Great Salt Lake are AMAZING. I am not Mormon but I think the LDS are very nice and friendly. Most my neighbors are LDS and they would do anything to help me and my family. Down town SLC is very clean compared to the numerous times I have been to Denver. Utah has the best of both worlds!!!!
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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Utah has the best of both worlds!!!!
Mormons and no alcohol?
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