Colorado Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop, Mesa County's Continues to Rise
KREX News Room
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent in January from December's 7.6 percent.
The agency said Monday that employers in Colorado added 7,100 non-farm payroll jobs from December to January for a total of 2.3 million jobs, according to a survey of businesses.
Private sector payroll jobs increased 8,200 and government jobs dropped by 1,100.
The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of one percentage point over the same period to 7.9 percent.
Locally, Mesa County is experiencing a four-month rising trend.
"Our unemployment rate is still higher than the state and nation's. So, that's fairly significant about how we look at things. But, if we look at a trend over the last several years, we're seeing that we're at least moving in the right direction," explained Suzie Miller with the Mesa County Workforce Center.
Mesa County's January unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, up from December's rate of 8.9 percent.
However, year-over-year, the trend is headed downward. January of 2012 saw a rate of 10.3 percent, compared to 2011's 11.9 percent and 2010's 12 percent.
Officials with the Mesa County Workforce Center say that indicates strong, long-term growth. They added that January is a historically low employment month, due to seasonal jobs ending.