New study ranks Utah among worst states to work in

SALT LAKE CITY — A new study from Oxfam titled “The Best and Worst States to Work in America 2022” ranks Utah 44th in the nation.

The lowest possible rank is 52nd. The study included Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia as well as all 50 US states in its ranking.

The scores are based on three categories: wage policies, worker protections and the right to organize. In those categories, the study ranked Utah 43rd for wages, 30th for worker protections and 44th for right to organize policies.

Some of the policies factored into the score included Utah’s $7.25 minimum wage which covers 19.7% of the cost of living for a family of four, no sick and vacation time compulsory paid family wages and few union protections for workers.

The top-ranked states included Washington, Oregon and California.

Work in Utah

In January of this year, Utah had about 5,000 part-time or full-time employees who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Utah’s minimum wage was last increased in 2008 from $6.55 to $7.25. Additionally, the state remains aligned with the federal minimum wage, according to Minimum-wage.org.

Additionally, if you are a working miner in Utah, the state allows employers to pay $4.25 per hour for your first 90 days of employment.

Minimum-wage.org has a salary calculator for employees to ensure they receive fair compensation for their work.

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Maria D. Ervin