BLS shows unemployment largely declining across nation, state

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Across the nation, unemployment rates were lower in August than the prior year in 311 of 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 47 areas, and unchanged in 14 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Monday. Although 28 metropolitan statistical areas had jobless rates of at least 10 percent, 41 had rates of less than 5 percent–and 288 MSAs  saw year-over-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment. Not seasonally adjusted, the national unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent, down from 8.2 percent a year earlier.

In Colorado, the unemployment rate decreased year-over-year in August in all major metropolitan areas. During the same period, unemployment in Colorado Springs decreased from 9.1 to 8 percent; Boulder decreased 6.1 to 5.1 percent; Denver-Aurora-Broomfield dropped 7.8 to 6.5 percent; Fort Collins-Loveland moved down 6.3 to 5.3 percent; Grand Junction from 9.1 to 7.9 percent; Greeley from 8.5 to 7.1 percent; and Pueblo, from 10.9 to 9.7 percent.

To view the complete report, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.