June jobless rates up slightly in Northern Colorado, Boulder Valley

DENVER — The unemployment rates in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld counties increased slightly in June compared with the previous month, while the rate in the state held steady at 2.3 percent, according to a report released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The report is based on a monthly survey of households and is not adjusted for seasonal workers.

While the unemployment rate in the four counties increased from month to month, it was still lower than the same month a year ago.

The jobless rate in Boulder County for June matched the state at 2.3 percent, up from 2.1 percent in May, but still lower that the 3.1 percent recorded in June of last year. The report said 182,481 people had jobs in Boulder County, while 4,321 were looking for work.

In Larimer County, the unemployment rate was 2.1 percent, up from 2 percent in May, but still lower than 3.3 percent recorded in June of last year. The county had 196,906 people working, with 4,316 were looking for a job.

Weld County’s unemployment rate increased to 2.5 percent in June, up from 2.3 percent in May. The unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in June of last year.

The county had 150,771 people working, with 3,865 seeking work.

The unemployment rate in Broomfield County for June was 2.4 percent, up from 2.2 percent in May, but lower than 2.6 percent record in June of last year.

Statewide, employers added 6,500 nonfarm payroll jobs during June for a total of 2,647,000 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private-sector payroll jobs increased 6,100 and government increased 400.

The number of people participating in the labor force increased 10,300 in June to 2,969,100, and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 10,500 to 2,901,900, causing the number of unemployed to decrease 200.

The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 4.4 percent.