Oct 22, 2010 1:27 PM by Greg Boyce

State jobless rate up slightly

Colorado's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of one percentage point to 8.2 percent in September from the revised August rate of 8.1 percent, according to Donald J. Mares, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. "Colorado's economy remains relatively flat," Mares said. "We have not seen the economic jumpstart that everyone is eager to see and these last several months have underscored the fact that little activity is an expected part of a slow recovery process. We are hopeful that upcoming seasonal hiring may have a positive impact in the months ahead."

El Paso County's non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell from 8.8 percent in August to 8.7 in September.  Pueblo County's rate fell from 9.7 percent in August to 9.5 in September.

The number of working Coloradans rose 1,600 over the month to 2,441,500. The civilian labor force increased 4,000 to 2,660,400. The number of residents unsuccessfully looking for work increased 2,400 over the month to 218,900. One year ago, total employment was 2,469,500 and the number of unemployed was 206,500. The civilian labor force has declined 15,600 since September 2009.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 28 of Colorado's 64 counties, decreased in 24 and was unchanged in 12. The lowest rate was 3.2 percent in Cheyenne County and the highest was 14.9 percent in Dolores County.




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