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1 big thing: 💰The impact of Utah's gig workers

App-based workers' share of labor force, 2024
Data: Flex Association; Map: Axios Visuals

Nearly 4% of Utah's overall workforce participates in app-based work, according to a new study.

Why it matters: It offers a flexible way to earn a living or just make an extra buck — but many such workers are fighting for better pay, benefits, hours and more.

By the numbers: App-based work generated $1.8 billion for Utah's economy in 2022, according to an Axios analysis of a study from consultancy Public First and commissioned by Flex, a trade group representing DoorDash, Uber, Lyft and more.

  • Gig workers in Utah made over 35 million deliveries and trips that year, per the report.

The big picture: About 4.3% of the overall U.S. workforce takes part in app-based work, demonstrating the gig companies' influence.

  • There are 7.3 million app-based workers nationwide, per the study. "The app-based rideshare and delivery industry contributes over $212 billion annually to the U.S. economy," Flex claims.

How it works: The Flex study is based on aggregated data from several such platforms, plus "new consumer and app-based worker survey data."

  • Axios compared the study's estimated numbers of app-based workers by state with the size of each state's overall civilian labor force.

Zoom in: Washington, D.C., is America's app-based work hotspot, with drivers or couriers making up 9% of the labor force there.

  • D.C. aside, Florida (6.4% of the labor force), Nevada (6%) and Georgia (5.9%) have the highest share of app-based workers in their respective labor forces.
  • Tennessee (0.5%), Vermont (1.5%) and South Dakota (1.6%) have the lowest.

What's next: "We estimate that the industry could be worth approximately $500 billion in 10 years time," Public First director Vinous Ali said in a statement.

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2. ⚾️ Photos: Top players to suit up for the Bees

Smith's Ballpark where the Bees are playing their final season in 2024. Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images

The Salt Lake Bees are back at Smith's Ballpark tonight for their home opener. First pitch against the Tacoma Rainiers is at 6:35pm.

State of play: This will be the Bees' final season in Salt Lake City's Ballpark neighborhood as they are set to move to Daybreak in South Jordan next year.

Flashback: As the team wraps up its decadeslong run in Salt Lake City, we looked at some of the most notable players to spend time with the Triple-A affiliate.

David Ortiz in a Red Sox uniform
David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox celebrates during the 2013 World Series. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Before he became a hall of famer and feared slugger for the Boston Red Sox, Big Papi was trying to bust into the league. During the 1999 season he suited up in SLC for the team known then as the Salt Lake Buzz.

  • He finished the season batting .315, with 30 home runs and 110 RBIs. The rest, as they say, is history.
Mike Trout in a Los Angeles Angels uniform
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

In 2012, 20-year-old Mike Trout played just 20 games for the Salt Lake Bees, but impressed enough to get called up to the Los Angeles Angels for good. He finished with a .403 batting average and five triples during his short stint in the city.

  • The future first-ballot hall of famer has gone on to be a three-time MVP and 11-time All-Star.
Torii Hunter in a Minnesota Twins uniform
Torii Hunter of the Minnesota Twins bats in 2007. Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Torii Hunter spent parts of two seasons (1998 and 2000) playing for the Salt Lake Buzz before his stellar MLB career. During a game in the summer of 2000, Hunter went 4-5 with a grand slam and six RBIs against Edmonton.

  • He would go on to play 12 years with the Twins over two stints, five with the Angels and two with the Detroit Tigers while winning nine Golden Gloves.

3. Fry Sauce: Scarf down this news

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Salt Lake City officials halted the demolition of the historic Fifth Ward Meetinghouse on Sunday after crews began tearing it down without a permit. (

  • The building has been registered with the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.
  • Salt Lake City planning director Nick Norris called the unapproved demolition "100% unacceptable." The building's owner may face penalties.

🏙️ Billboards across Salt Lake City are taking up prime real estate in the growing city, a signal of the advertising industry's power and influence. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

🏥 Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik is scheduled today for a kidney transplant after he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease last year. (AP)

4. 🚨 Utah health officials warn of measles outbreak

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Utah health officials on Monday urged residents to stay current on their vaccines as more than a dozen states across the country report measles cases.

Threat level: Health officials are worried about a potential outbreak occurring in Utah.

The big picture: As of last week, nearly 100 measles cases have been reported across 17 states, including California and Arizona, per the Utah Department of Health and Human Services.

Zoom in: Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can be deadly to babies, young children and people with a weakened immune system, per the CDC.

  • Initial symptoms include a high fever that can reach over 104 degrees, coughing, a runny nose and red, watery eyes.
  • About 1 in 5 unvaccinated people in the U.S. who contract the virus get hospitalized, according to the CDC.

The bottom line: The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, is 97% effective when two doses of the shot are administered, according to DHHS.

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This newsletter was edited by Ross Terrell and copy edited by Natasha Danielle Smith and Yasmeen Altaji.