State’s 2007 payroll numbers strong

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Colorado’s seasonally adjusted figures for non-farm payroll were close to 2.35 million, up from 2.3 million in December 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ December 2007 report released this month.

That puts Colorado on the list of 23 states with “statistically significant employment changes” from last year.

Colorado employers added 45,100 jobs during 2007.

While the jobless rate climbed slightly from a year earlier, with a 0.5 percent increase to 4.5 percent at year end, the employment rate was up 0.4 percent from November 2007.

Both are important factors in the state’s overall employment profile.

Colorado gained jobs in five BLS industry sectors and lost workers in three. Industries that added employees were trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; education and health services; leisure and hospitality; and government.

Only construction, manufacturing and financial activities, including the hard-hit mortgage lending field, lost workers.