Colorado Unemployment Rate Inches Up In September

Denver (AP) Colorado's unemployment rate is up one–tenth of a percentage point to 5.1%, according to the latest numbers from September. The rate compares with 5.4%t in September 2004, and is tied with last month's nationwide jobless rate.

Colorado Labor Department officials say the increase is due to seasonal economic adjustments as fall takes hold. Five of the eleven industry sectors reported job declines in September, based on seasonally– adjusted figures from the State Labor Department.

The steepest decline came in the professional and business
services division, which lost 1,200 jobs. Colorado's unemployment rate was an even 5% in August.

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