GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- In the last month, Mesa County saw the biggest decline in the unemployment rate since 2008.
April's jobless rate dropped to 8.2 percent from 8.8 percent in March. This time last year, the rate was almost a full percentage point higher.
According to the Mesa County Workforce Center, residents who have been jobless for months are now seeing opportunities open up as the weather gets warmer.
"It's pretty difficult to try to build things in January when the ground is frozen, so we're seeing an uptick in construction, we're seeing an uptick in landscaping hiring and also the beginning of seasonal hiring for tourism," said workforce center Director Sue Tuffin.
In 2012, Mesa County had 1,136 job openings, and so far in 2013, 1,225 jobs have been listed.
Across the state, Colorado's unemployment rate fell from 7.1 percent in March to 6.9 percent in April.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced that 11,600 nonfarm payroll jobs were added to the state between March and April.
Government jobs stayed the same, and private sector jobs increased by 11,600 as well.