National unemployment rate increases in May

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Grand Junction, Colo (KKCO) --- U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in May, which is bettering the economy at a steady pace. However, the unemployment rate increased a tenth of a percentage point from 7.5% to 7.6%.

Although unemployment rates have gone up, it is not necessarily a bad thing.

Suzie Miller from the Mesa County Workforce Center said more job seekers, who were previously discouraged from finding jobs, are getting out there and looking for employment as they feel like they can find a job now more than ever.

Seasonal jobs in Mesa County include construction, lodging, food services and retail and according to Miller, even though these jobs are advertised as temporary positions, many employers end up hiring employees full time after the summer.

Another indication of the local economy improving is that only 243 people applied for unemployment in May 2013 compared to the 308 people that applied in May 2012.

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