State unemployment rate rises slightly, lower than last April

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Colorado’s unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percent to 8.0 percent in April – but was lower than April 2009’s rate of 8.1 percent.

“Colorado is now seeing thousands of formerly discouraged job seekers who had abandoned their job search renewing their efforts,” said Donald Mares, executive director of the Colorado department of Labor and Employment.

He said the recovery will be slow, but the sustained job growth necessary to reduce Colorado’s unemployment rate will occur and when it does, we will achieve the traction necessary to get Colorado’s recovery fully underway.”

The number of working Coloradans increased 9,600 over the month to slightly more than 2.4 million. The civilian labor force increased to 2.6 million and the number of residents looking for work increased by 2,700 last month.

The non-seasonally adjusted rate declined in 51 of Colorado’s 64 counties, rose in 1 and held steady in two. The lowest rate was 3.6 percent in Cheyenne County and the highest was 18.2 percent in Dolores County.