Routt's jobless rate drops in July

Unemployment falls from 7.7% in June to 6.8% in July; jobless numbers grow statewide

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— July unemployment increased slightly statewide but decreased in Routt County, according to figures released today.

That's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison, however, because Colorado's unemployment rate - 7.8 percent - is adjusted for typical seasonal changes. Routt's rate, at 6.8 percent, has not been adjusted.

The state rate increased from 7.6 percent in June. Routt's rate decreased from 7.7 percent in June. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment tracks unemployment.

"Months without a significant increase in unemployment and a slight improvement in over the year wage and salary losses may be an indication the economy is stabilizing," Department Executive Director Donald Mares said in a news release.

Routt's unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in July 2008. That represented 491 people without work, and July 2009 numbers represent 1,032 people without work. Routt's labor force increased from June to July, from 14,584 to 15,128.

Nearly 76,000 more people are unemployed in the state than in last July. First-time claims for unemployment are up 210 percent through July 2009 compared with the same period last year, according to the news release.

Unemployment rates fell in 52 Colorado counties, rose in seven, and remained unchanged in five, the release stated. Dolores County had the highest rate, 13.9 percent, and Hinsdale County had the lowest, 2.7 percent.

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