Colorado employers added nearly 9,000 jobs from September to October, according to recently released state Department of Labor and Employment …
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Colorado employers added nearly 9,000 jobs from September to
October, according to recently released state Department of Labor
and Employment figures.
At the same time, the state’s unemployment rate dipped to 8.1
percent, down from 8.3 percent in September and 8.9 percent in
October 2010. Colorado’s jobless figures are better than the
October national average of 9 percent, an improvement from the 9.7
percent of a year ago.
“Some positive trends are beginning to emerge on the Colorado
jobs front,” Ellen Golombek, executive director of the Colorado
Department of Labor and Employment, said in a prepared statement.
“While we still have a ways to go to recover all of the jobs lost
due to the Great Recession, job creation today is stronger than it
was a year ago. We’ve added over 30,000 jobs since the beginning of
In the south metro area, Arapahoe and Douglas counties both are
faring better than Colorado as a whole, state numbers show.
While Arapahoe County’s 7.8 percent jobless rate was stagnant
from September, it marked an improvement over the 8.5 percent
figure from October 2010.
Meanwhile, Douglas County continues to have the lowest
unemployment rate in the immediate metro area. The county’s rate of
6.1 percent was down from 6.2 percent a month earlier and 6.8
percent a year ago.
In Colorado, nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 8,800 from
September to October, according to the state’s survey of business
establishments. Government added 900 payroll jobs and the private
sector added 7,900.
Other highlights of the report released Nov. 22:
Over the year, the average work week for all employees on
private nonfarm payrolls increased from 34.4 to 35.4 hours, and
average hourly earnings increased from $23.83 to $24.30.
The largest over-the-month private sector job gains in October
were in professional and business services, leisure and
hospitality, and construction. The largest decline was in
Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 32,700 with an
increase of 31,400 in the private sector and an increase of 1,300
Over the year, the number of Coloradans participating in the
labor force increased 25,000, total employment increased 42,400 and
the number of unemployed decreased 17,400.
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