Routt jobless rate rises in October

6.1% of labor force was unemployed, up from 5.9% in September

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— Routt County’s unemployment increased from September to October, from 5.9 percent to 6.1 percent, according to figures released today by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The figure hasn’t been adjusted for normal seasonal changes.

The Routt County number represents a decrease both in employment and the size of the labor force. Employment fell from 13,748 in September to 13,610 in October. The labor force fell from 14,610 in September to 14,497 in October.

The monthly change represents 887 people unemployed in October, up from 862 in September.

Unemployment was 3.9 percent in October 2008, and Routt County’s labor force was 15,924 strong.

Moffat County’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent for October, down from 5.6 percent in September. Those numbers also aren’t adjusted for normal seasonal changes. Moffat’s labor force was 8,824 in October.

Statewide, Colorado’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in October from 7 percent in September. Those figures are adjusted for normal seasonal changes. The statewide unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in October 2008.

According to a news release from the Labor Department:

“The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) declined in 28 of Colorado’s 64 counties, increased in 25 and remained unchanged in 11. The lowest rate was 2.1 percent in Cheyenne County and the highest was 13.5 percent in Dolores County.”

Employment in five industries increased in October, according to the release. Jobs were added in government; education; health services; professional and business services; and trade, transportation, information and utilities.

Industries that saw job losses were leisure and hospitality; construction and manufacturing; financial activities; as well as other services, mining and logging. Leisure and hospitality jobs are expected to increase as ski season starts, the release stated.

“While the continued decline in the unemployment rate is very good news and our economy is faring better than many other states, this remains a difficult time for many Coloradans,” department Executive Director Donald Mares said in the release.

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