Colorado’s unemployment fell again in June according to new numbers from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
The state added some 3,000 non-farm payroll jobs, pushing Colorado’s unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent. That’s the lowest it’s been since the fall of 2008.
Colorado now has the sixth-fastest job growth in the country. But parts of the state are still lagging behind, including some sparsely populated counties. The Labor Department’s Chief Economist, Alexandra Hall, says that’s not unusual even as the economy is improving statewide.
"First of all we’re talking about rural areas, so job availability can be an issue," Hall said. "But also the counties can be very much dominated by agriculture which can follow different trends than the economy overall."
The rising job numbers for June made it the 32nd straight month for job growth in Colorado.
Hall says most of the job gains were in public agencies, which is unusual this time of year.
"Government employment is dominated by education," she said, "And you kind of expect at this time of the year to see a decline in government overall."
She says the state is asking the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics for help in explaining the unexpected jump in government hiring.
Meanwhile Colorado’s private sector industries, such as construction and financial services, lost jobs last month.