Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
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The relatively small agricultural sector in Utah has meant there were relatively few migrant farmworkers and, thus, Hispanics in the state. Given the notable economic growth in recent years, the tight labor market, and the demographic and employment trends in Utah, the significant increase in Hispanic settlement in Utah may not be surprising. This study analyzes population and employment growth in rural Utah among Hispanics and presents two brief case studies of specific communities and industries. The results clearly illustrate the emerging issues associated with the changing face of rural America in the Intermountain West.
Thilmany, Dawn D., "Immigration to Utah Communities: The Role of Agriculture and Rural Development" (1996). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 87.