State reports small increase in Colorado's unemployment rate


Unemployment remains low in Colorado, under 3 percent for all of 2017 so far. The unemployment rate has been at or below 4.0 percent for 26 consecutive months.

Colorado officials say the unemployment rate in the state increased slightly in November to 2.9 percent, compared to 2.7 percent in October.

The economic juggernaut that is the California economy barreled forward in November as the state added 47,400 net new jobs and the unemployment rate dropped from 4.9 percent in October to 4.6 percent, the lowest level since the 1970s. That rate is down 0.5% from previous year at this time.

USA initial claims for unemployment benefits rose to a five-week high last week, but remained low by historical standards, the Labor Department reported on Thursday. Some sectors recorded losses including trade, transportation and utilities (-1,400 jobs), manufacturing (-300), and professional and business services (-200).

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Preliminary data shows no change in the unemployment rate for Dodge County.

Total nonfarm employment in Tennessee grew by 1,800 jobs in November.

The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.4 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (2.7 percent) and Bangor (2.9 percent) metro areas.

Monthly workforce estimates are cooperatively produced and released by the Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.