Colorado

Mar 25, 2011 1:48 PM by Greg Boyce

El Paso County, Pueblo County jobless rates fall slightly

DENVER (AP) - State officials say Colorado's unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent in February, even though the state added 3,000 non-farm jobs.

The Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that the increase in jobs wasn't enough to offset an increase in the number of people looking for jobs.
February's jobless rate was two-tenths of a percentage point higher than January's.  The unemployment rate is based on a survey of households. The biggest job gains were in professional and business services; trade, transportation and utilities; and leisure and hospitality.

The El Paso County jobless number dropped from 10.7 in January to 10.5 in February.  Pueblo's rate dropped from 11.8 in January to 11.6 in February.

The biggest declines were in construction and financial services. The national unemployment rate dropped from 9.0 to 8.9 percent in February.

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