Jobless rate down from last year

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The unemployment rate in Moffat County fell 1.4 percent in the past year.

The decrease in unemployment reflects a national and state trend, said Monty Bond of the Colorado Workforce Center in Craig.

"We've got a better economic situation this year. Across the state and nation we're getting better," Bond said.

At the end of June, unemployment in Moffat County was at 5.2 percent, which equates to 360 unemployed residents.

That's worse than in May, when unemployment here was at 4.7 percent, but better than one year ago when it was 6.6 percent.

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's most recent breakdown of industries, 16 percent of Northwest Colorado residents were employed in the accommodation and food services industry, more than any other industry.

Twelve percent of residents had jobs in retail trade, 11 percent in construction, 9 percent in government, and 8 percent in education services.

On the state level, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 4.9 percent.

The rates are adjusted for seasons, because the number of construction jobs available in the summer doesn't equal the number of skiing-related jobs available in the winter, Bond said.

"The Colorado economy, like the national economy, is experiencing steady job growth coupled with a stable unemployment rate," Jeff Wells, Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, said in a statement.

Colorado saw gains in seven of the 11 major industries, including leisure and hospitality, accommodation and food services, professional and business services, and retail trade.

Natural resources and mining saw a small gain, and education and health services lost employment, but that is expected this time of year, the Department of Labor reported.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or rgebhart@craigdailypress.com

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