Local, state jobless rates show decline

DENVER – The unemployment rate in Boulder County decreased to 5.1 percent in April, compared with 5.4 percent in March, according to a labor report released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The jobless rate in Broomfield County improved to 6.4 percent, down from 6.8 percent in March, the report said.

Boulder County has 171,782 people employed and 9,190 people looking for work, according to the report. Broomfield County has 29,687 workers and 2,030 looking for jobs.

Colorado’s jobless rate decreased two-tenths of one percentage point, to 6.9 percent. The state added 11,600 jobs from March to April, for a total of 2,362,700 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private-sector payroll jobs increased by 11,600, and government employment was unchanged.

Of the state’s 64 counties, Cheyenne County has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.2 percent, and Costilla County has the highest at 11.7 percent.

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