GarCo unemployment rate up in November |

GarCo unemployment rate up in November

Unemployment in Garfield County rose slightly in November, according to Colorado Department of Labor statistics released Friday.

Still one of the lowest in the state, Garfield County’s unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in November, up from 3.2 percent in October. A year ago, unemployment here was 4 percent.

The county has a workforce of 29,352 people, 985 of whom are reported to be unemployed.

Colorado’s overall unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, up from 4.6 percent in October.

On the Western Slope, only La Plata and Rio Blanco counties had equal or lower unemployment rates. Rio Blanco stood at 3.2 percent, with the Durango-La Plata County Micropolitan Area tying Garfield County at 3.4 percent.

Department of Labor economist Joseph Winter said last month that the energy industry is accounting for Garfield County’s low unemployment rate, but with the many other factors affect job growth in the region, it’s hard to predict how long the unemployment rate here will remain low.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User