National unemployment rate increases in May

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

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.

KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 210639581 -
Gray Television, Inc.