Colorado unemployment rate now up to 7.7 percent

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The unemployment rate in Colorado crept up to 7.7 percent last month.

That’s up from 7.4 percent in January and 7.3 percent from February 2009.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment head Donald Mares says he expects moderate fluctuations in the labor market through the first part of the year as the state moves past the Great Recession.

The department said Friday that the number of working Coloradans, adjusted for seasonal differences, was about 2.4 million, a drop of about 90,500. There were about 202,900 Coloradans unsuccessfully looking for work in February, up from about 198,900 a year earlier.

The national unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent for February.