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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.


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