State unemployment rate: unchanged

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Colorado saw no change in the state unemployment rate from June to July of this year, according to figures from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The state added 3,200 nonfarm payroll jobs, for a total of 2.2 million people employed in the state, according to the monthly survey of business establishments. Government jobs declined by 900, while the private sector added 4,100.

The labor force decreased by 7,600 to 2.6 million and total employment decreased 5,300 to 2,4 million, causing the number of unemployed to drop. However, the ration of unemployed to the labor force remains unchanged.

Nationally, the unemployment rate decreased from 9.2 percent to 9.1 percent during the same period.

During the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased 34.7 to 34.8 hours and average hourly earnings increased by.7 cents, from $23.70 to $23.77.

The largest private sector job gains in July were in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services and manufacturing. The largest declines were in construction, and trade, transportation and utilities.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 18,600 with an increase of 23,000 in the private sector and a decline of 4,400 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality, education and health services, and professional and business services. The largest declines were in construction, financial activities, and information.

The unemployment rate is down three-tenths of 1 percentage point from 8.8 percent in July 2010. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force declined 8,500, total employment increased 1,600 and the number of unemployed decreased 10,100. The national unemployment rate declined from 9.5 to 9.1 percent from July 2010 to 2011.