Moffat County Economic Trends: Employment statistics for December 2017 |

Moffat County Economic Trends: Employment statistics for December 2017

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CRAIG —  For December 2017, unemployment rates for Moffat County were lower than the national average, but higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate for Moffat County, as of December 2017, was 3.7 percent, according to data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. This is slightly above the 3.1 percent average for the state. The national unemployment rate was unchanged in December, holding at 4.1 percent.

Employers in Colorado added 5,100 nonfarm payroll jobs from November to December, for a total of 2,671,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments by the CDLE.

Private sector payroll jobs increased by 4,300, and government employment increased by 800.

There were 4,812 people currently employed and 117 jobs advertised online in Moffat County as of Feb. 7, according to data from the CDLE.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased from 33.1 to 33.2 hours, and average hourly earnings increased from $26.93 to $28.09.

That’s more than in Moffat County, where workers take home an average of $22.88 per hour, $915 a week and $47,580 a year.

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