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Routt unemployment rises in November

County's rate increases to 6.6% from 6.3% in October, according to new figures

— Unemployment increased in Routt County from October to November, from 6.3 percent to 6.6 percent, according to figures released today by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Routt County unemployment was 4.3 percent in November 2008.

The county still lags the statewide unemployment rate, reported at 6.9 percent for November. That's a decrease from 7 percent in October. The state figures are adjusted for normal seasonal changes, however, and the Routt County figures are not.

According to a news release from the state department, local unemployment typically increases in November.

"This year was no exception as the unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) rose in 52 of Colorado's 64 counties, fell in 7 and remained unchanged in 5. The lowest rate was 2.8 percent in Cheyenne County and the highest was 14.4 percent in Dolores County," the release stated.

Routt County's numbers represent a labor force of 14,687 in November. Of those people, 13,722 were employed, and 965 were not. That's an increase in the labor force from October, when 14,499 people were in the labor pool in Routt County. But it's also an increase in the number of people unemployed. In October, 908 were without jobs.

In Moffat County, unemployment increased to 5.7 percent in November from 5.4 percent in October.

According to the state news release, employment increased in education and health services from November 2008 to November 2009.

"Construction experienced the most severe losses, down 21,900, while trade, transportation and utilities and professional and business services are down 17,300 and 16,200, respectively," according to the release. "Payrolls in manufacturing declined 13,300 and are down 6,400 in mining and logging. Other losses are: leisure and hospitality (9,600), financial activities (8,300), information (4,300), and other services (3,700)."

National unemployment was 10 percent in November, according to the state Labor Department release.