Colo. adds jobs for three months for first time in three years

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For the first time in three years, Colorado has seen three consecutive months of wage and salary job growth.

Even though the unemployment rate is increasing, the state is simultaneously adding jobs. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of one percent to 8.6 percent in November, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The number of working Coloradans declined by 2,400 over the prior month to 2,433,900. The civilian labor force increased by 4,500 to 2,663,800.

Since November of 2009, the civilian labor force has increased by 11,100. In that month, the unemployment rate had increased in 45 counties, decreased in 14 counties and remained unchanged in five.

In Colorado Springs, the unemployment rate – not seasonally adjusted – was 9.1 percent last month, an increase from 8.6 percent in October. The number of people in the city’s labor force is 210, 549, according to the Labor Department. Of that number, 191, 354 are employed.

In Colorado, the unemployment rate – not seasonally adjusted – increased in 62 out of 64 counties and decreased in two. The lowest rate was 3.9 percent in Cheyenne County had the lowest unemployment rate, at 3.9 percent, while Dolores County had the highest with 15.8 percent.