Employment is an important topic in the Uintah Basin and one that the speaker at Tuesday’s Vernal Chamber luncheon provided a local update on. Workforce development specialist Blaine Roberts with the Department of Workforce Services shared that July unemployment rates were 4.7 percent in Uintah County, 4.5 percent in Duchesne County, 4.2 percent in Daggett County, 2.8 percent in the state of Utah, and 3.7 percent in the United States. He also shared that the average monthly wages in Uintah County are $6,560 dollars for the Oil, Gas and Mining Industry, $4,430 dollars for the Trade, Transportation and Utilities Industry, $3,120 dollars for the Educational, Health and Social Services Industry, and $4,260 dollars for other service industries. To access data or for more information from the Department of Workforce Services, visit jobs.utah.gov.