Springs unemployment rate remains higher than state

137044062The unemployment rate in Colorado Springs remains higher than the state average, and has risen during the past month.

Unemployment in Colorado Springs is 8.4 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, above the state’s average of 7.1 percent.

The latest numbers from the Department of Labor show that the area lost 2,700 jobs between July 2013 and June 2013, but that there’s a net year-over-year gain of 2,800 jobs.

Statewide, the unemployment rate also increased to 7.1 percent. The number of people participating in the labor force decreased 6,500 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed decreased by 7,100, according to DLE.

The national unemployment rate decreased to 7.4 percent, according to figures.

The largest over the month private sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities, construction, and other services. The largest over the month decline was in government.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 63,400. Private sector payroll jobs increased 60,800 and government increased 2,600. The largest private sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and construction. The largest over the year decline was in financial activities.


One Response to Springs unemployment rate remains higher than state

  1. The conditions in the Springs contribute to unemployment. The major industries are military, tourism and insurance. Not exactly the land of opportunity there. Deeply flawed employers are requiring job seekers pass background, credit, drug, certification and security tests. Then these so called squeaky clean employers complain they can’t find qualified employees. These corporate requirements are going to backfire on the twenty-something HR managers shoving these ridiculous requirements down workers throats. And the payback is going to be fun to watch.

    Steven Shepard
    August 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm