State unemployment rate virtually unchanged

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Colorado’s unemployment level remained virtually unchanged from August to September, only dropping two-tenths of one percent.

The state saw its job force decline by 3,900 from August to September, according to figures from the state Division of Labor and Employment.

Government added 1,100 payroll jobs, while the private sector lost 5,000.

According to the survey, the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percent to 8.3 percent statewide. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 8,300 to 2.6 million.

The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 9. 1 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek increased from 24.4 hours to 34.6 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $23.62 to $23.92.

The largest private sector job gains in August were in financial activities. Declines were jobs in leisure and hospitality, professional services and manufacturing.

Over the year, unemployment is down one half of one percentage pont form 8.8 paercent in September 2010.