Colorado

Jan 30, 2010 12:51 PM by Associated Press

State: Stimulus funds create, save 7,200 jobs

State officials say federal stimulus spending saved or created the equivalent of about 7,200 full-time jobs in Colorado the final three months of last year.

State officials said Friday that roughly 70 percent of the jobs were positions retained in higher education and state prisons.

A new report says that highway and transit projects created about 610 full-time positions, science and research accounted for 281 jobs and home weatherization created 175 positions.

State Rep. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, says the money is just a temporary way to preserve government jobs and avoid hard choices rather than a way to jump-start the economy.

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