Colorado Unemployment Rates Continue to Decrease
KREX News Room
COLORADO The new February unemployment rates released today reveal a decrease for both Colorado and Mesa County.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says the state's unemployment rate dropped from 7.3% in January to 7.2% in February, the lowest rates the state has seen since 2009.
Meanwhile, the national rate dropped two tenths of a percentage point, from 7.9% to 7.7%.
Mesa County's unemployment rate remains well above the state and national average despite a slight decrease from January to February.
Mesa County's rate currently sits at 9.1%, eight tenths of a percentage point lower than the rate one year ago.
"While it is definitely not ideal, and we definitely want to see that number decreasing, it has decreased over the last few years," said Suzie Miller, Business Services Manager at Mesa County Workforce Center.
Miller believes the decrease in the county's rate is due to a dramatic increase in job orders so far in 2013.
In fact, the Center has received more job orders in 2013 at this point of the year than any other year since 2008.
"While we're listing more job orders, we're still not seeing exponential growth (in the labor force)," said Miller. "It's been a fairly slow growth, but at least we're moving in the right direction."
Miller added that employee wages remain well below where they were prior to the recession, which may be due to several of the jobs only being part time.