Grand Junction’s September jobless rate lowest in Colorado

Mesa County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September, falling to 3.8 percent from the 4.1 percent recorded in August, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“What that means is the start of school season,” said Joseph Winter, an economist with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “Teachers are back to work. The rate also decreases because of the amount of people that are available for work because students are back to school.”

The unemployment rate is slightly higher than the same month a year ago, which came in at 3.1 percent.

The Grand Junction unemployment rate for September is the lowest measured among seven markets across the state, with the Fort Collins-Loveland area next lowest at 4.1, and Boulder at 4.2 percent. The highest unemployment rate measured for the month was in Pueblo at 6.2 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate fell from 5.2 percent to 4.9 percent between August and September.


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