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Dec 3, 2012 8:54 PM by Matt Stafford

CU economist forecasts Colo. job growth in 2013

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A University of Colorado economist forecasts the state will keep adding a wide array of jobs in 2013, putting it in position to be among the top 10 states for job growth next year.

Richard Wobbekind of CU's Leeds School of Business said Monday that the state is forecast to add an estimated 42,100 jobs next year, after adding about 47,900 jobs in 2012.

All sectors of the Colorado economy are predicted to grow in 2013 except for the information sector, which includes publishing and telecommunications. The educational and health services sector is forecast to be strongest, adding an estimated 7,600 jobs.

Wobbekind forecasts Colorado's unemployment rate will decrease from 8 percent in 2012 to 7.4 percent in 2013.

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