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Routt County employment rate down from July

Jobless rate at 6 percent in August

— Routt County’s unemployment rate decreased in August, to 6 percent from 6.9 percent in July. But the rate is up from August 2008, when the county’s unemployment stood at 3.2 percent.

The numbers released this morning aren’t adjusted for normal seasonal changes.

The county’s labor force increased between the two months, from 15,074 in July to 15,249 in August. Of that number, 912 were unemployed in August. In July, 1,039 were unemployed.

Statewide, Colorado’s unemployment rate decreased half a percent to 7.3 percent. Those figures are seasonally adjusted. Unemployment appears to be stabilizing, Donald Mares, executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, said in a news release.

“This improvement is encouraging news for the state,” Mares said.

The unemployment rate decreased in 62 of Colorado’s 64 counties, according to the release.

Employment in three sectors increased statewide, the release stated. Government added 4,200 jobs as educators returned for the school year. Leisure and hospitality payrolls increased by 1,300 jobs, and other services were up 200.

Professional and business services and education and health services each contracted by 1,200 jobs, and the mining and logging, construction and manufacturing sectors each declined by 800 jobs, the release stated. Financial activities and information declined by 700 and 400 jobs, respectively.

The national unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in August.