DENVER (AP) - University of Colorado economists expect the state to add 10,100 jobs next year after losing more than 140,000 jobs the past two years.
Nevertheless, Richard Wobbekind of CU's Leeds School of Business said Monday that won't be enough to lower the unemployment rate.
His team expects job losses in the government, construction, manufacturing and information sectors next year, but other sectors should grow.
The higher-paying professional and business services sector is projected to grow the most with about 7,000 new jobs. That sector includes engineers and computer systems designers.
CU economists expect Colorado's unemployment rate to grow to 8.8 percent for 2011, up from around 8.2 percent at the end of 2010.
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